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The EQUUS Foundation provides financial support to charitable organizations that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charities, and in some instances, government agencies or entities. All organizations must meet all our eligibility requirements to apply for a grant.

Please click the links below to review our Grant Making Guidelines.


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Grants are awarded only to organizations that meet the following criteria:
I. Organizations that participate on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Welfare Network that are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charities, and in some instances, government agencies or entities.
• To join the Equine Welfare Network:
• If your organization is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity and is not on our network, please CLICK HERE to join our Equine Welfare Network.
• If your organization is a government entity, please CLICK HERE to join our Equine Welfare Network.
II. Organizations that maintain a minimum of a Silver Level status on GuideStar.
III. Organizations that are designated as EQUUS Foundation Messengers in the year in which a grant application is submitted.
• The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To receive the designation, or retain an existing designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2019, organizations must update and submit their Messenger information for review and approval on or after January 1, 2019, and not later than April 30, 2019, including the provision of an updated Veterinary Evaluation for each of the organization's facilities.
IV. Organizations that meet our Funding Priorities listed under WHAT WE WILL AND WILL NOT FUND.
V. Organizations that comply with our Grant Making Guidelines.
VI. Organizations that complete the grant application in accordance with our TIMETABLE.


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Grant applications may only be submitted through the online application process between May 1 and May 15.
•  Unsolicited grant proposals by mail, email, or in any format other than through the online application process will not be considered.
•  Applications must be completed in their entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

To gain access to the online application, an organization must first submit a request. Requests may only be submitted between May 1 and May 12. If your organization is deemed eligible, your organization will receive an email with login instructions to the online grant application.

The application information is stored in an online database and is available for update between May 1 and May 15.

On May 16, your application will be considered complete and the link to the online application will no longer be available.

Grant applications are reviewed by the Awards Committee. The recommendations of the Awards Committee are presented for approval to the Board of Directors at its August meeting.

The selections are based on (i) the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year; (ii) our knowledge and understanding of the applicant organization; and (iii) the relative merits of the applicant's specific grant request.

Grant applicants selected as recipients by the EQUUS Foundation will be notified by August 31. Grant recipients must submit an online acknowledgement to receive the grant award.

Grant awards will be disbursed by September 30.

Grants are intended as annual grants and should be used on or before May 1 of the year following the award.


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Grants are awarded in amounts from $500 to $5,000. Grant requests may not exceed $5,000 or 5% of an organization's current annual operating budget.

Grant requests must fall into at least one of our two funding priorities — programs that are directly involved with
   1)  Horse rescue, rehabilitation, re-training, adoption, foster care and retirement and/or
   2)  Providing equine-assisted therapies and activities to people with special needs, including but not limited to services for individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral, challenges, learning disabilities, or life-threatening and/or chronic conditions or illnesses, as well as under-served, underprivileged, or "at-risk" youth.

Specific requests are limited to costs associated with the care of horses, including but not limited to horse feed/supplements, horse gear/equipment, and veterinary, dental, and farrier care.

Please review the following information carefully before applying for an EQUUS Foundation grant.

Grants will not be awarded to individuals, and grants will not be awarded 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.

Grants will not be awarded 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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Organizations that were awarded grants in the previous year must complete the Prior Year Grant Recipient section of the online application.


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We strongly suggest that organizations submit their applications to join the Equine Welfare Network by January 31st and submit the information to be recognized as a Messenger by March 31 so that the EQUUS Foundation has sufficient time to review and approve organizations as EQUUS Foundation Messengers. Your organization will not be eligible to apply for a grant unless your organization is approved as an EQUUS Foundation Messenger by April 30, 2019.

• Between January 1 and on or before April 30: Your organization's Messenger information must be updated and submitted for review and approval annually.

• Between May 1 and May 15: Your organization must submit the request for login instructions to the grant application.

• On or before May 15: Your organization must have completed the online grant application.

• On or before August 31: Grant applicants selected as recipients by the EQUUS Foundation will be notified by email.

• Between September 1 and September 30: Grant awards will be disbursed.

To gain access to the online application, an organization must first submit a request. Requests will may only be submitted between May 1 and May 12. Click here to request access to the Grant Application.
When you receive approval of your request, click here to log into your application.

This link is for organizations that have received login instructions to the online grant application.

As a potential grantee of the EQUUS Foundation, please be aware of the following:
I. By submitting an application, you will give your organization's permission to the EQUUS Foundation to ask people to review the application 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 application 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 the applicant. If it does choose to have a relationship, the EQUUS Foundation may suggest various kinds of relationships, including contracts, grants, loans, program-related investments, or other kinds of investments and relationships.
IV. The grant making guidelines contained herein are subject to change without notice prior to May 1 and after May 15 of each year.

Guidelines last updated 9/15/2017