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Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in the Great Lakes Region
to Promote the Humane Treatment of Animals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust

Deadline Date:

12/16/19 Receipt


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Grants generally ranging between $10,000 and $50,000 to Great Lakes Region, USA nonprofit organizations, museums, wildlife centers, zoos, and educational institutions for programs that improve the well-being of animals. Grant applicants are asked to contact staff and to submit a letter of inquiry. Funding is intended to promote the humane treatment and prevent animal cruelty, particularly of companion animals. The Foundation also supports the well-being of farmed, captive, and working animals.

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust considers support for humane organizations in Ohio and portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed (including IL, IN, MI, WI, Western PA, Upstate NY, and Northeastern MN).

The Foundation seeks innovative, cost-effective projects that demonstrate the region’s commitment to improving the well-being of animals, especially those in underserved areas or belonging to disadvantaged social groups. Initiatives that are metropolitan, multi-county, statewide or regional or involve collaborations among multiple agencies are preferred.

Successful applicants will pursue a high quality of life for individual animals and improve the situation of significant numbers of animals. Projects that help a broad array of companion animals, wildlife, or other types of animals in need are preferred.

The following activities are illustrative of projects that may be supported:
- Animal Adoption, Behavior Training, and Fostering
- Continuing Education & Training
- Humane & Wildlife Education
- Medical, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Care for Animals
- Pet & Feral Animal Population Control through Spay/Neuter
- Equipment & Facilities Improvements
- Other Animal Care Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146158

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally $10,000 - $50,000. Larger amounts may be considered for projects of scale or multi-agency collaborative proposals.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants may be considered for projects of scale or multi-agency collaborative proposals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Humane societies, other animal welfare or animal protection groups, non-profit spay/neuter clinics, wildlife rehabilitation and nature centers, sanctuaries, museums, zoos and aquariums, educational institutions, or other state or community organizations dedicated to the well-being of animals in the eligible region are welcome to apply.

Groups working with live animals must deliver outstanding humane care, in facilities that meet or exceed accepted health and safety standards. They must have written policies on adoption procedures, on spaying/neutering companion animals leaving the agency, and on conditions for display or release of wildlife, and keep accurate records on intake and disposition of all animals.

Applicants must be incorporated and nonprofit, have Federal IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and provide evidence of proper financial stewardship and an absence of conflicts of interest involving board members or staff. All governing board members are expected to make an annual financial contribution to the work of their organizations. The Foundation also takes note of aggregate and average board member gifts in relation to overall group resources.

Established organizations with proven track records of effectiveness and demonstrating broad community support are preferred.

- Organizations that do not have 100% board participation in annual monetary giving should not apply.
-The Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust expects applicants to procure necessary resources for “basic” animal sheltering, rescue, and care activities from sustainable sources within their own communities. “The basics” cover (among other things) companion animals’ daily physical needs, usual medical care, shelter upkeep and utilities, and staffing costs to carry out these activities. Also, it is normally expected that shelters or rescue groups will already have the means to spay/neuter animals they take under care, using funds raised from other sources (e.g. adoption fees).
- The Foundation does not award grants to individuals or government agencies, or for general operating support, for films or other media, for activities related to litigation, legislation, political candidates or ballot issues, for deficit reduction or for endowments
- Previous recipients may apply, although the Foundation will not fund any project in perpetuity.
- Normally only one proposal will be considered from a given organization each year.
- The Foundation will not consider unsolicited proposals for activities of National scope or significance, or from organizations located in communities and states outside the Great Lakes region. Grants may be made to a few preselected National organizations whose activities provide direct benefits to humane groups and animals in the eligible region.

Less likely to be funded:
- Requests from small organizations with localized impact. Small projects with competing proposals for similar services in a given area may be asked to resubmit a joint request.
- Start-up organizations.
- Breed rescues or other narrowly focused groups.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applicants are asked to contact the Foundation well in advance of any deadline, and initially by a one page letter of inquiry (LOI), which may be emailed.

The Foundation has three deadlines each year for proposals. Applicants from Ohio and eligible areas of the other Great Lakes states may apply at any of these dates.

The grantmaking committee meets three times a year to consider applications. Deadlines for receipt of full proposals to be considered in 2019 and early 2020 are as follows:

Deadline: December 15, 2018 - Distribution Meeting: March, 2019
Deadline: April 15, 2019 - Distribution Meeting: July, 2019
Deadline: August 15, 2019 - Distribution Meeting: November, 2019
Deadline: December 16, 2019 - Distribution Meeting: To Be Discussed in 2020

Proposals received after these dates will be held until the next grant cycle. Grant awards will be announced shortly after each meeting.

Project expenses should be clearly justifiable as benefiting animals in need. Amounts requested should be reasonable in proportion to an organization’s overall annual budget.

Application Process:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please address query letters, proposals or other inquiries, and grantee reports to:

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
c/o Key Private Bank
100 Public Square, Suite 600
Cleveland, OH 44113
Attention: H. Richard Obermanns, PhD, Executive Director
Tel: 216-752-3301

Grant Coverage Areas:

Portions of the other seven states in the Great Lakes watershed (including IL, IN, MI, WI, Western PA, Upstate NY, and Northeastern MN).

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin