Maddie's Fund: Grants For Animals & Wildlife

OVERVIEW: Maddie's Fund supports animal research, animal rights and welfare.

IP TAKE: The foundation offers several grant opportunities; however, applicants should familiarize themselves with individual grant requirements. They vary widely between grants.

PROFILE: Maddie's Fund, established in 1994, began with a promise David Duffield made to his beloved miniature schnauzer, Maddie. He told his best friend that if he ever became rich, he would give a large portion of his wealth to animals like her. Today, the foundation seeks to "revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals." The fund offers three grants to support innovation, education, and research.

The fund's grantmaking opportunities have a three-pronged approach. Its innovation grants support new programs at shelters or rescue organizations "that will advance lifesaving" with $5,000 awards. These grants focus on creating alternatives to intake, engaging the public, engaging volunteers, capacity for care, innovative shelter medicine or behavior training, among many other concerns. Education grants offer internship, fellowship, management, medicine and shelter-related funding. In contrast, research grants fund Summer Scholar GrantsPhase 1-4 Grants and Basic Research Grants. Lastly, incentive grants seek to promote "ideas, methods, processes and tools which lead to increased lifesaving." Past grantees include Shelter Animals Count and the Million Cat Challenge.

Maddie's Fund tends to support smaller and mid-sized organizations; however, it also supports more established organizations. Grant sizes and opportunities are in flux; however, many grants have distinct directions that applicants should heed closely. 


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