Monday, July 12, 2010

Grant Program(s) For Rescue Animals?

I tried sending this person a private reply but for some reason it wouldn't go through so I decided to post it here:

my friend has an animal rescue program. She has rescued some horses and donkeys whose owners either didnt have the time to trim the hooves( have you ever seen a horse with hooves so long they look like a pair of skis?) or they didnt know how to train the horses( and donkeys) how to stand still for a farrier.

She has looked at the animal rescue grant sites, and has reported to me that these sites want money . Money she just doesnt have. Besides needing money for her rescue operation, she also needs money to pay a mortgage off on her home. A relative of hers took out the mortgage without her knowledge. I guess the pay off is quite high.

I want to help my friend as much as I can. I realize she needs to fill out the forms herself, but if I can find these No Fee for application grants, then I will have done my part.

The sites that you are talking about are third-party sites - meaning they are asking a fee because they are asking you to pay for the work that they have done to find the information. All you have to do is to just find the information yourself. This is how grantwriters and other companies find the information and you can do the same thing.

There are legitimate equine-related grant programs out there. Here is an excerpt from this blog:

State-Wide Equine Grant Program

equine - of or relating to the horse

By law, the funding for this particular grant program must go to support "equine research, education and promotion". Any group, individual, company or institution may apply for funding. Preference will be given to projects benefiting the largest number of people/horses. Grants to institutions and individuals will be related to equine research, education and industry enhancements and promotion.”

Over $70,000 has been already awarded from funding from this grant program. The awards went to projects in nine communities and were presented at the state's Horse Fair.

A detailed research application is available (as well as a shorter project application) via the website or you can contact the program directly by phone.

Grant recipients included:

  • Over $8,000 was received for equipment to help with volunteers for trail construction, reconstruction and maintenance at a national forest and nearby private property trails. "Hardening of the trails to withstand traffic without trail tread failure, muddiness or erosion is an increasingly important consideration,” according to one of the grant recipients. Equipment being funded includes packsaddles with gravel bags for use in wilderness areas, and a hydraulic gravel-hauling wagon for use in non-wilderness areas.

  • A therapeutic horseback riding center received $8,000 toward its barn and paddock restoration project.

  • One of the fairgrounds was given $7,800 to improve arena fencing and footing, re-establishing safety at the site for the many groups that use the public facility. During the severe flooding in the area during the summer of 2008, the grounds were used as a staging area for sand-bagging and other flood-fighting activities. Fencing around the area is used metal pipe, donated 20 years ago, and now rusted to ruin. Like many other projects supported, volunteers will remove old and install new fencing at the grounds.

  • First steps for a new Riding Center are being funded with a $14,000 grant. The project is part of a 10-year master plan by the Advisory Committee, which requested help in creating a 7-acre turn out pasture to serve boarders and show participants, along with refurbishing access roads and ultimately a new indoor and outdoor arena and boarding facilities for 52 horses at the facility. The area has more than five miles of wooded and natural prairie trails.

  • Another grant recipient received $7,200 to enhance and expand its 12-year-old ongoing training program for first response personnel who may serve at equestrian accident scenes. The objective is to develop basic familiarity in how to safely handle horses under crises conditions.

  • One University staff member received $3,000 for the promotion of Natural Horsemanship Training Methods. “Natural Horsemanship" is the term coined to describe a method of two-way communication between horse and human that is cooperative in nature. It differs from the more traditional, coercive-type horse training methods in that it offers options to the horse and encourages the horse to choose the desirable option rather than forcing the horse into a single, dictated action.

  • A saddle club received $9,000 for their club’s arena and grounds project. Included in the grant is funding for road repair and a public address system and upgrades to arena and driveways at the site, which hosts 10 to 15 fun, pleasure and speed shows annually, as well as being used by many clubs. The PA system is a valuable aid in safely controlling equestrian and spectator traffic.

  • Investigators from a university of Veterinary Medicine received $11,300 to study the effects of hyaluronic acid and triamcinolone alone and in combination on synovitis of equine stifle (which treatment option is best for painful, often debilitating osteoarthritis in a horse’s knee joint). In horses, osteoarthritis is more common and has greater economic impact than acute traumatic injuries or respiratory disease. It is a major source of debilitating pain, economic loss and decreased athleticism in the performance horse noting that 70% of the state's horses are used for recreation or showing.

As you can see this is a legitimate grant program, it's not asking you for any fees and they have a website where you can find out more information about their organization and their grant program.

The information is out there you just have to do the work to find it.

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