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Grants to USA Nonprofits and For-Profits and Canada Registered Charities to Document the Effects of Animal Farming on Human Welfare

ASPCA Fund to End Factory Farming


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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to USA public entities and nonprofit and for-profit organizations and Canada registered charities, approved public bodies and municipalities, and public universities for projects to show the effects of factory farming practices on human welfare. Funding is intended to explore the impact of specific animal farming systems on human well-being, including their impact on workers, neighbors, community health and economic outcomes. Projects must provide evidence or illustration of specific human impacts tied to specific agribusiness systems but need not address the direct impact of these systems on the welfare of animals.

This year’s eligible projects will provide new evidence or illustration of the impacts of industrial (i.e. intensive) and less-industrial (i.e. extensive)- animal-farming systems on human well-being in the U.S.

More than 9.5 billion chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are slaughtered every year for food in the United States. The vast majority of these animals are raised on “factory farms,” where they are confined in huge numbers in barren, industrial settings. These facilities are not just inhumane, they are also environmentally unsound and dangerous for public health. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The ASPCA is calling for increased transparency in animal agriculture, an end to the cruelest factory farming practices, and adequate funding for a more humane food system. Learn more about our work.

Projects will be considered that help to publicly establish, document, or illustrate the negative intersections between factory farming practices and human welfare in the United States, or in the reverse, correlate improved human outcomes, to less intensive farming practices. The resulting materials must be made public and should present new evidence, narratives, ideas, solutions, or approaches to researching this topic. Final materials may be written (such as reports or articles) or audio/visual (such as videos, photos, webinars, podcasts, or infographics). Any research conducted need not be formal or academic; both field research and desk research are eligible. 

ASPCA is particularly interested in funding projects related to: 

  • Worker Impact: The ways in which labor practices correlate to differing types of animal housing and management systems being used. For example, contract terms or working conditions.
  • Local Community Impact: The impact of these differing types of animal agriculture on individuals or communities located near farms.
  • Consumer Impact: The impact on the general public’s access to or consumption of these differing types of animal products.
  • Economic Impact: The economic outcomes of raising animals in these differing systems for producers and brands. For example, return on investment, level of financial risk, and market access.

Projects need not focus on animal welfare as long as they contribute to the effort to transition away from factory farming toward less-intensive methods.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This RFP is open to any US nonprofit, for-profit, or public entity.

This opportunity is also available to Canadian registered charities/foundations, public universities, and approved municipalities/public bodies.

Applicants must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
1. If a past ASPCA grant recipient, must be current on all reporting requirements
2. If a nonprofit organization
- Must be an incorporated or organized legal entity in good standing with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is incorporated or organized
- Must have a board of at least 4 members with a majority of independent members with neither board chair nor treasurer receiving compensation from the organization
- Charitable registration must be current/active in the state of the Grantee’s primary location (for grants >=$25,000)

- Projects involving or relying on invasive procedures on live animals
- Individuals or teams not associated with an eligible entity listed above
- Entities not based in the U.S. or Canada

Pre-Application Information
Complete Timeline
- RFP will open on Monday, April 10, at 9 a.m. ET.
- RFP will close on Tuesday, May 30, at 5 p.m. ET.
- Finalists will be notified via email on or around Friday, August 18, and invited to complete a formal application in our grant management system.
- Funding decisions are expected before Friday, September 29.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will generally range from $15,000 - $30,000, with a maximum individual grant amount of $50,000.

Term of Contract
If your grant request is approved, you will be given a grant term (start and end date). The typical grant term is one year but may be longer or shorter based on your specific project’s timeline. You can spend the funds anytime during your grant term.

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