Adoption Innovation Grant

How would you use $25,000 to increase adoption?

The Right Horse Initiative strives to inspire and empower groups who are working to help horses in transition. As horse owners, we understand the significance of finding the right horse. Every adoption helps a horse find a new home with a loving family and opens a space for the rescue organization to help another equine. The 2019 Adoption Innovation Grant offers up to $25,000 to two organizations that demonstrate the most innovative plans for boosting equine adoption. Our goal is to fund smarter thinking and better ways of doing things in order to help your organization grow its capacity for adoption in a big way.


Eligible applications must meet the following criteria:

1Your organization must be a U.S. based 501 (c)(3) public charity and have an operating budget of at least 150% of the requested grant amount. Minimum grant request is $10,000.

2Your organization must be current with all applicable federal and state financial filings or reports.

3Your organization must be willing and able to provide financial statements to The Right Horse Initiative.

4Your organization must be willing and able to provide animal statistics, including intake and adoption numbers, to the Equine Welfare Data Collective.

5If you have received funding from The Right Horse Initiative or The WaterShed Animal Fund, you must be up-to-date on current or previous funding reports.

6You must agree to complete grant follow up reports 6 months, 12 months and 18 months from the payment date which will include expense accounting and measurable outcome updates.

When can you apply?

We are looking for innovative ideas to increase adoption and we want to give you time to brainstorm before applying. Two ideas will be selected and each idea can utilize the full $25,000 if they meet all the criteria listed above. Our goal is to massively increase horse adoption in the United States. Check back here on January 28th for a link to submit your Letter of Intent.

Available to Submit LOI – January 28, 2019
LOI Due – March 1, 2019
Grant App – April 1st, 2019
Announcement – May 1st, 2019

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