Falling into funding

Just as the 2011-12 school year is revving up, new announcements of grants supporting animal welfare work are being posted:

  • The Morris Animal Foundation is issuing special grants of up to $70,000 over two years to support research studies that address the issue of unwanted horses in the United States. Studies must focus on identifying geographic, socioeconomic, and other characteristics associated with relinquished horses and their former owners, as well as on describing the economic implications of this issue and the impact of potential solutions including educational and awareness-building programs. Submissions of funding requests must follow the foundation’s application guidelines and are due September 12, 2011.

  • ConocoPhillips and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently teamed up to launch The SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program, which provides grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 for bird conservation projects in ConocoPhillips’ areas of operations. Projects must benefit migratory birds and their habitats, with strong preference given to projects that provide opportunities for employee participation and volunteerism. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, and local and state units of governments. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services, of which at least 50% should be from non-Federal sources. Letters of intent are due on October 5, 2011, and full proposals invited from finalists must be received no later than December 3, 2011. See the program’s complete guidelines for further information.

  • Through its Michelson Graduate Student Challenge, the Found Animals Foundation will award $15,000 grants to three graduate students at accredited U.S. institutions working toward development of a non-surgical method of cat and dog reproductive control to reduce shelter euthanasia and animal/human suffering worldwide. The application deadline is January 15, 2012, and the foundation’s Web site includes details regarding the application process. The three Challenge winners will be eligible to apply for the Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology—which includes an award of $250,000 per year for three years—in the event that their research generates a product or technology that meets all Prize criteria.
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