Non-profit groups that work to raise, train and place service dogs can receive grants from the government, private companies, trusts and foundations as well as various nonprofit groups in the form of cash, tribute programs, events and sometimes donations of products. The key to receiving grant money is to know your own organization in detail and the type of grant you are looking for.

Assistance Dog United Campaign 

Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC) is a health and human welfare organization providing financial aid to individuals who need assistance dogs but cannot raise funds and to people and programs who provide assistance dogs those with disabilities. 
ADUC raises money for
  • Grants for specific provider program development projects, to support industry research and development efforts 
  • Scholarships for people attending the Assistance Dog Institute for a degree in Assistance Dog Education.

ADUC offers grantees funding vouchers, valid for one year with a possible extension, for applicants to use at their discretion, ensuring the provider program is accountable to the applicant. Voucher amounts up to $2,500 are offered by ADUC member programs and disbursed to programs in two payments of 50% each.

Assistance Dog United Campaign
A: 1221 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Google Grant Program 

Google grant program allows charitable organizations to advertise freely on Google, allowing for larger exposure for a program and its desire for more funding. In order to be eligible, the service training group must have a website with no revenue generation advertisements on it.

What is Google Grants?

The Google Grants program empowers non-profit organizations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Google AdWords ads appear when users search on Google and when you click on one of the ads, you are brought to the website being advertised.

Your ads appear beside related search results...People click your ads...And connect to your organization

IAAD Member Vet Care Partnership Program

The International Association ofAssistance Dog Partners has a program for IADDP members whose assistance dogs require emergency veterinary care. 

This program is available for IADDP members for sudden illness or injury with an assistance dog which requires expensive veterinary care.

Only the veterinarian can make the request for a grant, and members (or non members) contacting the program directly will be barred from grant eligibility.

For information on membership and the grant program: 

PEDIGREE Foundation Grants

PEDIGREE Foundation offers grants to help dogs in need find loving homes.

Since 2008, PEDIGREE Foundation has distributed $4m to thousands of organizations to help with their operational expenses. 
In 2011, the Foundation awarded $150,000 in Innovation Grants. These grants recognize shelters & rescues that are pioneering the industry with new ideas and efforts to help find dogs forever homes. Seven selected shelters will receive between $10,000 and $25,000 in grant money to fund their unique programs aimed at helping increase dog adoptions. Chosen out of 200 grant applications, these organizations demonstrated their ability to bring creative ideas to help improve adoption rates and the welfare of animals within their communities.

“We are grateful for the hard work shelters and rescues do every day. From community outreach to behavior programs, we’re proud to award grants to aid in the adoption process that helps dogs find their forever homes.” Debra Fair - PEDIGREE Foundation President

Example: 2011 Innovation Grant Winner

SPCA for Monterey County of Monterey, CA, was awarded $25,000 for its Take the Lead’ Program which 'Pairs Dogs with At-Risk Youth'. During each five week course, the youth are tasked with teaching their dogs basic skills and providing one-on-one interaction. The dogs learn new skills which make them more adoptable and the children learn important life, leadership & communication skills as they work to teach un-socialized dogs how to be great canine citizens through positive reinforcement.

For a complete list of 2011 Operation and Innovation Grant recipients visit

Grant applications open in Feb 2012. Completed application must be submitted by:
Innovation Grants: June 30, 2012. Approved grants will be funded in Oct 2012
Operation Grants: Sept 2012. Approved grants will be funded in Nov 2012.

For further information visit:

PETCO Foundation

The PETCO Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that supports other nonprofit, pet-related groups as well as municipal agencies and educational institutions involved in animal welfare causes. The PETCO Foundation's mission is to:

PETCO Foundation"Support community organizations and efforts that enhance the lives of companion animals while strengthening the bond between people and pets."

The PETCO Foundation is funded by donations and several yearly fundraisers; currently there are over 4,000 organizations signed up with PETCO as Charitable Partners. The Foundation donates about $15 mil p.a. to assist companion animals across the country.

There are four types of grants that can be requested through the PETCO Foundation:

Petplan Charitable Trust

Petplan Charitable Trust was formed in 1994 by Patsy Bloom and David Simpson to provide much needed funds to promote the health and welfare of animals.  

Whenever pet owners take out or renew their policy with Petplan, they are given the option of making a small annual donation to help fund this work.  Policy holders are able to increase their annual donation if they wish to do so. The Trust also welcomes any additional donations - see donations page for more information.

To date, through the generosity of its donors, the Trust has awarded over $5mil in grants. To view a list of the most recent welfare grants awarded by the Trust, please click here.

General Grants
The Petplan Charitable Trust relies on the generosity of Petplan Policy holders who, via small individual donations, collectively donate more than £400,000 annually to enable the Trust to continue its work.  

Welfare Grants
Since its inception, Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded over £2 million to welfare projects.   Please click here to view the most recent grants awarded.

Capital Grants
Petplan Trust has awarded several Capital Grants. Details to follow soon...

Scientific Grants
Since its inception, Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded scientific and capital grants totalling over £3 million. In 2009, the Trust awarded 12 grants totalling just over £200,000 to various institutions across the UK. 

NB: All projects funded are bound by the Trust's Ethics Policy - in brief, the Trust has a strict non-invasive study policy, and no experimental animals can be used.

PETstock Foundation 

The PETstock Foundation aims to make a difference to the quality of life for all animals by strengthening the bond between people and their pets. 

PETstock is partnered with Assistance DogsAustralia and supports other nonprofit organisations that work in the human-animal bond.

Planet Dog Foundation 

Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) funds programs that train, place and support working dogs helping people in need across the US.

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.

PDF supports innovative, respected and effective non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to raise, train and place these dogs. In addition to cash grants, PDF receives generous donations of products from Planet Dog, which it donates to a wide range of non-profit organizations nationwide.

Planet Dog Foundation celebrates all working dogs that are enhancing and saving human lives. Foundation's goals are to:
  • Increase awareness, interest and support nationwide of programs in which dogs work to help people;
  • Promote activities and programs that bring humans and dogs together in mutually beneficial ways;
  • Build partnerships with local, national and global organizations to carry out the mission of the Planet Dog Foundation;
  • Support grantees with financial, strategic and networking support;
  • Respond to emergency situations that impact humans and animals as they arise;
  • Support and encourage like-minded organizations with product donations.
Currently, PDF's grants do not exceed $US7,500. PDF grantees are intended to creatively serve multiple populations to maximize the value of their grants.

A: Planet Dog Foundation - 49 York Street, Portland, ME 04101

The WALTHAM Foundation
The WALTHAM Foundation is a non-charitable organization dedicated to expanding the frontiers of humane scientific research into the nutrition and healthy longevity of companion animals around the world.

Since its inception in 2001, the WALTHAM Foundation has funded projects in over 20 countries and provided in excess of US$1mil towards research that directly improves the health and welfare of our companion animals worldwide. The vast number of peer-reviewed publications and internationally recognized presentations emanating from this work is a testament to the scientific calibre of the proposals we receive (over 500 to date) and the quality of the studies we have supported. WALTHAM is proud to partner with the world’s leading researchers.

In 2012, the WALTHAM Foundation is offering grants of up to US$20,000 to scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists globally to improve and enrich the lives of our companion animals. Projects may be of a veterinary, nutritional, or behavioural nature.

We invite you to apply for a WALTHAM Foundation grant in 2012. Please describe your proposed study and the need for funds as specifically as possible in the WALTHAM Foundation application.

Closing Date for Grant Applications: 1 Feb 2012

AKA Companion Animal Recovery 

AKC Companion Animal Recovery logoAmerican Kennel Club (AKC) CAR mission is to keep pet micro-chipping and enrolment affordable, with no annual fees, so more lost pets can find their way home.

After the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001, the AKA CAR Canine Support & Relief Fund was created as a permanent charitable fund to proactively support the needs of volunteer Canine Search & Rescue organisations plus provide the nation’s pets with lifesaving disaster relief resources during hurricanes, floods and wildfires.

Beyond the grants from the Canine Support & Relief Fund, AKC CAR also provides extensive volunteer coordination and direction of corporate sponsorships to provide animals in need with food and supplies.

The AKC CAR Canine Support & Relief Fund is a permanent charitable fund with the goals of providing resources, support, funds, and other assistance to:
  1. Nonprofit Canine Search and Rescue organizations.
  2. Nonprofit veterinary units providing support to the canine rescue teams.
  3. Nonprofit animal shelters and similar nonprofit organizations providing care for domestic animals orphaned or displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters.

NB: Applications open Jan 1 and close Feb 29. 

Microchips. Recovery. Giving Back.  

Join the millions of responsible pet owners who, since 1995, have micro-chipped and enrolled their pets in the AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) recovery service. AKC CAR is an affiliate of the American Kennel Club® and the nation's largest nonprofit pet identification and 24/7 recovery service provider.

Whether it's identifying a pet with a micro-chip or collar tag; assisting in the recovery of a lost pet; or managing the Canine Support & Relief Fund which gives back to the greater pet community, helping pets is what AKA CAR do. 


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    1. I have been looking heavily to receive grant money as a for-profit organization rather than the cookie cutter non-profit. If you found any information it may prove invaluable!

    2. The cookie cutter non-profit organizations are the ones they deserve the grants not a for-profit organization. Who do you think the grants will help? a for-profit who is making a profit trying to act as a non-profit or a non-profit that truly is helping a cause not pretending to be one.

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