PDF GRANTMAKING 2017 UPDATE
This year The Foundation has undergone some changes and restructuring. As a result of this we have changed the way we review and provide grant requests. At this time we are not accepting any new grant requests. We anticipate that a new grant cycle will begin late 2018. We will communicate the opening of this new grant cycle on our website, so please make sure and check back in Q4 of 2018. We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the foundation to better serve and support programs that focus on service dogs, and the humans who rely on them and we believe our new approach will do just that.
Grant Requests – we have already committed all funds for 2017 and 2018. When we open the grant cycle for 2019, currently planned for late 2018, we will make an announcement on our website. We wish you great success and thank you for the wonderful work you and your organizations do.
For Individuals looking for a service dog, or need Help with funding – The Planet Dog Foundation is set up to offer grants and funding to 501-(c)(3) organizations, so we are unable to assist individuals based on the bylaws of our foundation. However, we have several resources and groups that we work with and support – – so while we cannot offer direct assistance, we can set you in the right direction.
A good place to start would be National Association of Service Dogs (http://www.naservicedogs.org/),
Canine Companions for Independence (http://www.cci.org/site/c.cdKGIRNqEmG/b.3978475/k.BED8/Home.htm), or
Assistance Dogs International (http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/).
We also offer more resource links here.
These groups may be able to offer direct assistance, or put you in touch with your best local resource for help in obtaining or training a service dog.
This can sometimes be a timely process, but the benefits of a service dog are wonderful and rewarding when it comes to fruition.
PDF GRANTMAKING GOALS
The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) strives to support worthy organizations through a grant-making program designed to financially support 501(c)(3) not-for-profit partners across the U.S. The goal of our grant program is to fund programs that train, place and support dogs helping people in need.
Funding is allocated nationwide to promote and financially support service-oriented canine programs such as assistance dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue programs or police, fire and military dogs.
Before taking the time to apply, please read the application restrictions, guidelines, and deadlines very carefully.
PDF GIVING GUIDELINES
We are looking to support like-minded organizations that will most benefit from our support. As our grants do not usually exceed $7,500, we review annual operational and project budgets to fund those organizations best able to maximize a PDF grant. While not a requirement, we seek programs that are able to creatively serve multiple populations or otherwise maximize the value of our modest grants whenever possible.
Due to our by-laws and IRS restrictions, the Planet Dog Foundation is not permitted to provided any funding to individuals, or to an organization on behalf of any individual. For resources to locate individual funding, please visit our Resources page.
NOTE: The Planet Dog Foundation only funds organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
Programs we fund include:
Assistance dog programs: These include service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs and medical alert dogs. Applicants for an assistance dog grant MUST be an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation. For more information about our eligibility requirements, please contact the Foundation.
Therapy dog programs: These include animal-assisted physical or emotional therapy, hospital and other facility visitation programs, reader/literacy dogs and psychiatric service dogs.
Programs applying for a therapy dog grant MUST require membership of their volunteer teams by Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, or other nationally recognized certification program.
Other canine service programs: These programs include police dogs, K-9 Search and Rescue Programs, arson detection dogs, military dogs, wildlife conservation dogs, disease detection dogs or other innovative programs. Eligible programs must hold a 501(c)3 tax exemption – we cannot fund municipalities or programs with any other status. Grants in these categories WILL fund training or other activities but WILL NOT fund the purchase of any form of equipment.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS
ALTHOUGH WE VALUE AND RESPECT THE HARD WORK OF SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS, ANIMAL SHELTERS AND RESCUE PROGRAMS, UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE OUT OF THE SCOPE OF OUR GRANT-GIVING GUIDELINES. WE DO NOT FUND ANY PROGRAMS ENGAGED IN ANIMAL CRUELTY OR TESTING.
We do not fund the following. Please do not submit an application if your program falls under one of these categories.
- Spay/Neuter Programs
- Adoption, Shelter or Rescue Program Operating Expenses
- Political Groups
- Religious Groups (or groups with any religious affiliation)
- For-profit Organizations
- Scholarship Programs
- Government Agencies
- Non-profit agencies with any determination other than 501(C)(3)
- Programs spending more than 35% of expenses on administrative costs
- Any program engaged in animal testing or animal cruelty