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, rehabilitate, and retrain America's horses at risk for abuse, neglect, and slaughter, and re-home them with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers.
• 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 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 between January 1 and April 30, 2018 are eligible to receive financial support in 2018 from the EQUUS Foundation.
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.
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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.
II. Organizations that maintain a minimum of a Silver Level status on GuideStar.
III. Organizations that participate on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The EQUUS Foundation is under no obligation to fund or otherwise have a future relationship with any organization.
The Guidelines contained herein are subject to change without notice.
Guidelines last updated 11/15/2017