Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bernice Barbour Foundation funds animal rescue organizations
The Bernice Barbour Foundation is a private charity established by the
late Bernice Wall Barbour. It is a trust to be used for preservation,
care, and prevention of cruelty to animals in the United States. Final
determination of grant applicant funding is the sole discretion of the
Foundation Trustees.
Organization requirements
501(c)(3) for at least one year prior to August 10, 2008
Benefit animals in the United States
No governmental agencies (local, county, state or federal)
All criteria must have been met for at least one year
Sanctuaries which do not own their land and facility and do not adopt out or release more animals than are residents for more than one year will not
be considered
Provide the animal with the opportunity to lead a natural life and then
observe when it properly
Should come to an end
Program areas and priorities
Hands-on animal care projects are of particular interest
Companion and large animals
· All animals must be spayed/neutered/castrated prior to adoption
· Certificates, contracts, or deposits for sterilizing animals
after they have left the Shelter are not acceptable
· Animals which are unadoptable due to chronic pain, permanent
crippling injuries or untreatable disease must be humanely euthanized
Wildlife – must be indigenous to the United States, no exotics
Animal welfare research –only at Universities and Veterinary Schools
Grant process timetable
Applicants must complete our grant application
Grant applications must be received by August 10, 2008 to be considered
Grant applications are reviewed by the Trustees in the fall
All applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the calendar
Grant recipients may reapply for another grant
Grant types/amounts
All grants must benefit animals in the United States
Most grants awarded range from $500 to $5,000
Grant recipients must provide a follow up report in six months after
receiving the grant and at the end of the grant period showing how the
grant was used and its results
Grant Types Funded
· Spay/Neuter grants – These include existing programs, pets of
low-income owners, free spay/neuter, vouchers, feral cats, etc.
· Individual Project grants – These are generally one-time purchases
or to fulfill a short-term need Examples include purchases (anesthesia
machine, surgical supplies, etc.)
· Organization Program grants – Expenses of ongoing programs.
Examples include adoption programs, TNR, medical expenses and veterinary
· Facility upgrades – Can include replacement of kennels/cages, dog
runs, kennel/cattery enhancements
· Research grants – Must primarily benefit animals
Grant Types Not Funded
· Land acquisition
· Endowments
· Fellowships for universities without a funding history
· Capital Campaigns for organizations without a funding history
· Fundraising expenses and sponsorship
· Infrastructure improvements when the land/building is not owned by
the organization
· Lobbying, activism, or litigation
· Indirect costs
· Research Grants for Universities and Veterinary Schools
· No funding for bricks and mortar or physical infrastructure at
public institutions
· Funding is limited for first-time recipients