About Animal Welfare Grants

We strive to ensure that our region provides for the adequate protection, care and humane treatment of animals and wildlife. Currently, our grantmaking in this area is centered in New London County (and the Town of Groton), with plans to expand throughout Eastern Connecticut in the near future. 

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • provide veterinary care for domestic and wild animals, especially spay and neuter services;
  • encourage responsible pet ownership and the adoption of abandoned animals;
  • rehabilitate wildlife for return to natural habitats; and
  • make positive, therapeutic connections between people and animals.

What We Will Fund

These grants must be for the benefit of the animals and residents of New London County, which includes the towns of Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown and Waterford.

Preference is given to programs that are:

  • collaborative in nature;
  • regional in scope;
  • rooted in evidence-based, solution-oriented approaches;
  • serve lower-income communities;
  • serve at-risk animals;
  • include specific, measurable outcomes; and
  • affect positive change over the long term.

We will also consider:

  • grants for multiyear programs if the applicant can demonstrate need;
  • grants for existing programs, new initiatives or special projects; or
  • grants for capacity-building or public policy work.*

Eligible applicants may submit grant requests of $5,000 to $35,000.

Please review our General Eligibility Criteria for Grants

* We recommend that grant seekers begin by contacting Jennifer O’Brien, Program Director, especially if seeking capacity-building or public policy support, at JennOB@cfect.org or 860-442-3572.

Deadlines and Notifications

  • LOI applications are due by 5pm on November 1, 2017. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision regarding whether or not to invite a full proposal for 2017 funding in late December.
  • Full proposals are due by 5pm on Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Final decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by April 2017.

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