It’s not unusual for an animal welfare-focused foundation to concentrate its grant giving on certain kinds of animals. The Greg Biffle Foundation, however, is more concentrated than most: nothing except domestic dogs and cats.
NASCAR racer Greg Biffle and his wife, Nicole, launched this operation in 2005 to channel their mutual appreciation for humankind’s canine and feline household companions. The couple have adopted several rescue dogs over the years and have been active, longtime participants in Humane Society-type programs, going beyond simply fostering dogs and cats, but using their private jet to personally fly several of them to their new forever homes.
The foundation, which they run to this day, embodies their partiality to dogs and cats. More than 500 no-kill animal shelters, spay/neuter programs, and veterinary clinics have received grants from it. They include:
- Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services, a program in Memphis, Tennessee. It got two Biffle grants in a five-year period.
- SAVE-Meant To Rescue, an animal rescue facility in Williams, Arizona. It, too, is a repeat winner.
- The Greater New Haven Cat Project, which shelters, spays/neuters, and finds homes for cats in and around New Haven, Connecticut.
The application process is pretty simple and straightforward: a two-page form that you download from the website, fill out, and submit with the accompanying paperwork at your convenience any day of the year. And the process is open to all—no invitation to apply is required. This isn’t a foundation that shares its wealth exclusively with a few strategically selected partner nonprofits. Instead, it tries to spread its wealth around far and wide to benefit as many organizations as possible.
Provided, that is, that those organizations look after domestic dogs and cats. If your mission is protecting wildlife, you will not get a grant. No exceptions made even for wild dogs and cats, be they gray wolves, Siberian tigers, or other vulnerable species. The Biffles no doubt wish these species well. They just aren’t giving out any funds to protect them via their foundation.
Geography is a potential dealbreaker, too: Your organization must be attending to dogs and cats within the United States. If you’re not U.S.-based, this isn’t the foundation for you. And one more thing: You must actually be working with dogs and cats and plan on using the grant money for that purpose. Public education campaigns and political lobbying efforts don’t get any funding from Biffle.
That said, if you’re running a local pet shelter somewhere in the states and need some extra cash to pay all your overhead expenses this year, the Biffles might be just the people to help you out. It doesn’t hurt to ask.