A bouquet of funding opportunities

With the arrival of spring comes new funding opportunities for those helping animals:

  • Two scholarships are available to enable fundraising professionals from low-budget organizations to attend skill-building conferences.
    * The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) will award a scholarship of up to $1,000 to one of its members based on financial need and merit to cover the costs of registration, accommodation (up to four nights), and travel expenses for its annual conference in Austin, TX from July 27-30, 2011; guidelines and a link to the application form are available on APRA’s Web site; the deadline is April 29, 2011.
    * The Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is providing a limited number of Maurice Gurin Scholarships of up to $450 to enable members who are new to the field and working at low-budget organizations to attend AFP’s annual Fundraising Day in New York conference on June 10, 2011; guidelines and a link to the application form are available on AFP’s Web site; the deadline is May 6, 2011.

  • To increase the number of veterinary researchers that can advance animal health and welfare, the Morris Animal Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health, together with cooperating academic institutions, are jointly providing fellowships of up to $60,000 per year for four years per student to help established scientists and veterinarians pursue a veterinary degree or PhD, respectively. Detailed guidelines cover eligibility requirements for prospective applicants and documentation to be submitted for consideration; applications must be received by May 23, 2011.

  • The Banfield Charitable Trust is accepting grant applications from organizations whose programs provide direct solutions to avoid separation of pets from their families due to financial hardship, serious illness or disability of a caretaker, problematic behaviors on the part of the pet, or a disaster. Please note that the Trust does not fund more than 50% of an entire project, as it expects to be one of many funding sources. Banfield’s grant guidelines and an application packet provide details regarding eligibility requirements and application procedures; the deadline to apply is June 30, 2011.

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