Animal Welfare Organization Grants

APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN. Please use the application form bellow to submit your Project Eligibility Proposal.
The deadline to apply is September 30th, 2024.


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.

The AWFC has approximately a total of $60,000 this year to award to multiple Animal Welfare Organizations (AWOs) for projects that align with the AWFC’s strategic direction. All AWO applicants must be a registered Canadian charity or non-profit organization. To ensure your organization qualifies as a registered charity or non-profit organization, please review this Government of Canada link here.


The AWFC funds innovative educational, research and public outreach/awareness initiatives.

Previous projects 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. 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 to projects that are local/regional in nature but the project, materials and outcomes could be shared or duplicated nationally with similar organizations. We will also give preference to projects that will have significant impact but may have difficulty in attracting donor funding. See past recipients to learn more about the type of projects we have funded in previous years.


  • For-profit organizations
  • Fundraising events
  • Bursaries and scholarships using this grant application process; Contact us directly if you are an organization interested in offering a bursary or scholarship in partnership with AWFC
  • Projects that were completed prior to application
  • Capital campaigns/expenses or building/shelter infrastructure costs, including items such as kennels and enrichment for animals, except as part of a research project
  • Financing costs (debt retirement or reserves, mortgage pay-downs)
  • Veterinary or direct animal care expenses, including spay and neuter and transport costs, unless part of an innovative research, education, or public outreach project


Applicants are invited to submit a Project Eligibility Proposal to the AWFC Board Secretary using an online form 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.

Informational video about the Student Animal Welfare Club application
Describe your organization’s mission, mandate and core purpose.
Describe the general approach for the proposed research, educational and/or outreach/awareness initiative including project objectives, project team, and project timeline.
Explain the broad impact of this project and how you will share your learnings to improve the welfare of animals across Canada.
Please outline how the proposed project will foster EDI within the project team and how it will contribute to improved EDI in the animal welfare community.


Donations can be made online via our digital donations partner, or by cheque, mailed to:

The Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada
#68043 – Winnipeg RPO Osborne Village, MB, R3L 2V9

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