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America's Horses
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The EQUUS Foundation has established new funding guidelines for the financial support which will be awarded in 2018. The EQUUS Foundation will provide financial support to equine organizations that have received the "Guardian" designation that:
• Shelter for America's horses at risk for abuse, neglect, and slaughter;
• Rehabilitate, retrain and re-home America's horses in transition with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers;
• Offer retirement opportunities for aged horses that ensure that they are able to live out their lives in comfort and receive a peaceful and humane end of life;
• Provide opportunities for horses to change people's lives, especially in the area of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for people with special needs.

Transparency Awards

Transparency Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are used to underwrite the costs associated with the care of horses, such as veterinary, dental, and farrier care, horse feed, supplements, bedding, horse gear, equipment, and supplies as well as alternative treatments and interventions.

Submission of a grant application is not required to receive a Transparency Award. Only those organizations that meet our Transparency requirements and have received the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation in our fiscal year ending on August 31, 2018 are eligible to receive financial support in 2018 from the EQUUS Foundation. Priority is given to those organizations that receive the Guardian designation by April 30, 2018.

Financial support is awarded based on the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year and the evaluation by the EQUUS Foundation of the needs of the organization, the merits of the organization's programs, services, and activities and the organization's operating budget.

The purpose of the Transparency Awards is to encourage equine organizations to be transparent and accountable to the public through the disclosure of their equine care and use practices and to reward equine organizations that are operating at the highest standards for horse care and use.

The EQUUS Foundation has one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes to inspire donor confidence in the charities selected to receive grants each year. Financial support is provided to only those organizations that are both fully transparent & accountable to the public and are operating at the highest standards of horse care.

A select group of charities are designated as Horse Whisperer Grant Recipients each year by the EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors.

Platinum Performance® Horse Welfare Awards

The EQUUS Foundation would like to express its appreciation to Platinum Performance® for helping to provide needed funds to deserving organizations that are ensuring that America's horses are safe, and live in comfort with purpose and dignity.

Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award Recipients will receive a $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products and a $500 award to be used for a specific horse in their care. Only EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities are eligible to receive the awards.

Animal Health is the Platinum Performance® Mission. Platinum Performance® believes in the power of nutrition and supplementation, and is committed to providing formulas that produce superior results. For more information, visit www.platinumperformance.com

Please click the links below to review our guidelines.


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Financial support is provided only to organizations that meet the following criteria:
I. Organizations that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charities, and in some instances, government agencies or entities, or educational institutions.

II. Organizations that maintain a minimum of a Silver Level status on GuideStar.

III. Organizations that participate on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network. To join, click here.

IV. Organizations that have received the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation between January 1st and April 30th each year are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation.
The Guardian designation is awarded annually. To receive the designation, or retain an existing designation, and be eligible to receive financial support in 2018, organizations must update and submit the required information for review and approval on or after January 1, 2018, and not later than April 30, 2018.


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Please review the following information carefully:

Financial support is not provided to individuals, or to organizations that:
1) Are not defined as tax-exempt public charities under IRS code section 501(c)(3);
2) Are private foundations as defined in IRS code section 509(a);
3) Are not located in a U.S. state or territory;
4) Have been in existence for less than one full operating year as a 501(c)(3);
*5) Propagate a religious faith or are restricted to one religion or denomination; primarily promote religious purposes; require participants to be of a certain faith or to participate in services; or deliver social services with required prayer, proselytization, or other specifically religious activities;
6) Discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law;
7) Are political organizations.

Financial support is not provided for:
1) Operating Deficits;
2) Fundraising activities, such as galas, benefits, dinners, and sporting events, goodwill advertising, souvenir journals or programs;
3) Compensation, training, or certification of individuals;
4) Scholarships or financial aid;
5) Capital expenditures;
6) Travel expenses for individuals or groups or fees for conferences or conventions;
7) Political or lobbying activities.

*Faith-based organizations are generally considered ineligible, but in some instances may be considered eligible if their programs are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief, serve a secular purpose, do not require participation in prayer, worship, or other religious activities as a condition of receiving services offered, and do not use donations for religious purposes.


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• Between January 1 and on or before April 30: Your organization's Guardian information must be updated and approved by the EQUUS Foundation.

For organizations that are new to the EQUUS Foundation, we strongly encourage you to complete and submit all the required information by March 31 instead of April 30 to give us sufficient time to review and approve your organization.

• On or before August 31: Recipients will be notified by email.

• Between September 1 and September 30: Financial support will be disbursed.


I. By submitting information to the EQUUS Foundation, your organization is granting permission to the EQUUS Foundation to ask people to review the information and to give advice and information to the Foundation about your organization, board, staff,and others with whom you are affiliated.
II. Materials submitted to the EQUUS Foundation as part of the process become the property of the Foundation and will not be returned. The materials will be used as the Foundation deems appropriate. They are not subject to any right of confidentiality unless specifically agreed to in writing by the EQUUS Foundation.
III. The EQUUS Foundation is under no obligation to fund or otherwise have a future relationship with any organization.
IV. The Guidelines contained herein are subject to change without notice.

Guidelines last updated 11/15/2017