The Rescue Fund

The General Rescue fund is meant to help those who help. The Rescue Fund Grant is nothing short of a game-changer for rescue groups striving to make a real difference. The needs of rescue are varied and diverse.
Envision rescue groups spreading their wings, reaching more animals, and impacting lives on a grander scale.  Also, let's not forget about being there in the face of disaster, providing that lifeline when natural calamities strike, or when puppy mills are closed down.  The General Rescue Fund is meant to help with organizational needs, structural needs, and address the bigger picture. While the April Fund does amazing work covering individual case expenses and the Cotton Fund is there to transport our senior dogs, the General Rescue fund is there to turbocharge the backbone of a rescue group, ensuring it not only survives but thrives.  Grants are available for infrastructure and kennel improvements as well as some operating expenses and programs. 


    • Capital expenditures (kennels, phone line installation, etc.)
    • Infrastructure building (501(c)3 incorporation, etc.)
    • Jump starting well defined, fund raising projects
    • Public education projects with a specific focus
    • Expansion plans that increase a group’s effectiveness
    • Emergency funds for natural disaster events and puppy mill closings
    • General operating expenses for any group or individual (except April Fund grants)
    • Debt reduction
    • Wages or other financial enrichment of individuals or groups (except medical research studies)
    • Endowment funds
    • Grant requests from groups or individuals that show little or no other funding sources besides the GRF
    • Purchases at puppy mill auctions or dispersal sales.
    • Completed GRF application form
    • Participation in GRCA CARE Committee’s annual survey, if the grantee is a Rescue group
    • 501(c)3 status for groups with requests in excess of $3,000
    • Grant money be used for the stipulated purposes
    • Report on the use of the grant, its effectiveness for the group and any other pertinent information. This report is to be filed with the GRF within a year of receiving the grant
    • Acknowledgment of the GRF’s grant in appropriate grantee publicity

    Note: Requests that show other financial support are preferred over requests that ask for 100% funding from the GRF

  • The GRF does not have specific funding cycles with grant request deadlines.

    The GRF has tried to keep its policy broad in order to accommodate the variety of requests that come into the Foundation. It is the intent of the Foundation to be flexible in analyzing these requests and the applicants. The Directors recognize that there are many roads to Mecca. This is particularly true in rescue. Groups grow out of their local conditions, and this is part of each group’s strength. However, there are certain minimal standards which the Foundation must apply to all applicants. These standards involve the fiscal responsibility and the reliability of the applicant. The Foundation is a public entity using public funds. Accountability to the public and to the IRS is part of the Foundation’s responsibility.

    If you are not sure how to fill out an application or whether your request falls within the guidelines, please contact us directly by e-mailing, writing or calling any of the directors. One of the GRF’s purposes is to provide that help.

    • Fill out the appropriate grant form and send to the accompanying address.
    • After an application is submitted, further information may be requested of the grantee. All questions asked and answers submitted will be shared with the appropriate people within the GRF.
    • The GRF will contact the requester as to the action that the GRF has taken on the grant request.
    • If a grant is issued the grantee will return a signed acceptance letter to the GRF. GRF will mail a check to the grantee.

    Note: The GRF will expect rescue programs seeking GRF support to have participated in the GRCA CARE Committee’s (GCC) Annual Survey, to submit a copy of that survey with their grant request or to authorize the GRF to obtain a copy of the submitted survey from the GCC. For new organizations not functioning during the previous survey year, GRF expects these organizations to be known to the GCC and to be listed on the State Listings of Rescue Programs (). This will be verified with the GCC.

The Rescue Fund Grant Request

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