Animal Welfare Organization Grants

Application Deadline: September 30th

Eligible Grant Projects – Overview:

The Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada (AWFC) is looking to fund innovative projects that fulfill our Vision: that animals be well-cared for, are treated with respect, and that an enlightened ethic of animal care be fostered. 

Our mission is to improve the lives of animals by effecting a change in the Canadian mindset and culture to place a priority on respect for the needs (physical, psychological, and behavioural) of all animals kept by people for research, education, agriculture, and companionship, and to reduce harms to wildlife caused by human activity.

Project outcomes should improve and advance animal welfare policies and practices; increase public awareness, understanding and engagement in key animal welfare issues and solutions; and enhance and protect the well-being and habitats of domestic, farm and/or wild animals. Preference will be given to projects that have a national impact, or where learning outcomes can be shared nationally with similar organizations. We will also give preference to projects that have significant impact but have difficulty in attracting donor funding.

Grant Application and Funding Process:

The AWFC has approximately $35,000 per year to award to Animal Welfare Organizations (AWOs) for projects that accord with the AWFC’s strategic direction. All applicants must be a registered Canadian charity.

To facilitate the selection process, applicants are invited to submit a letter of intent (Word doc) or (PDF), (using the form provided) to the AWFC Board Secretary by email no later than September 30th.

All applicants will be notified by mid-October if they have made the short list. Short listed applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by November 15th. The application form will be emailed to you at that time. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s funding decisions by the end of December, with cheques being mailed in January of the new year.

What We Fund:

The AWFC funds a wide variety of animal welfare programs and projects.  These have included:  animal welfare research projects;  public outreach initiatives to raise awareness about specific animal welfare issues; development of farm animal welfare standards and regulations; creation of a database of legislative and judicial rulings concerning animal cruelty cases; online humane education content for school children; promotional initiatives to protect wildlife; and education kits concerning wildlife in captivity.  The AWFC also financially supports student animal welfare clubs at Canada’s veterinary colleges and at other Canadian universities and colleges. We also support public lectures concerning animal welfare at Canadian universities and colleges.  See below for details on past recipients to learn more about the type of projects we fund.

What We Do NOT Fund:

  • Individuals
  • Event sponsorship
  • Food/drink at events, conferences or lectures
  • Bursaries and scholarships
  • Operational expenses (one-time or on-going)
  • Costs for projects that have commenced or were completed prior to application
  • Capital campaigns/expenses or building/shelter infrastructure costs
  • Financing costs (debt retirement or reserves, mortgage pay-downs)
  • Veterinary or direct animal care expenses

Click here for a list of past grant recipients