Fund for Animal Welfare

The Fund for Animal Welfare supports grants to nonprofit organizations that provide care, shelter and/or medical services to animals. Funds are limited to programs that work with or serve companion animals.

The Fund for Animal Welfare offers two types of grants: project and capacity building. Learn more below.


Organizations must have an up to date portrait on to be eligible for support. If you have not yet created a portrait or have questions about your agency's portrait, please contact Phil Giaramita at or 804-409-5607.

Organizations must be located and provide services in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Goochland or Powhatan. Organizations that participate in the euthanasia of animals will not be supported. Priority will be given to organizations that have clearly defined goals and collaborate with other animal welfare nonprofits or government. As such, it will NOT support:

  • Organizations that participate in the euthanasia of animals
  • Programs that transport adoptable animals from other states
  • Equine programs
  • Protection for wild animals or their habitats
  • Annual appeals or endowments
  • Program expenses that have already been incurred
  • Indirect costs such as administrative, marketing or promotional materials.

Grant Priorities

General Operating or Project grants support activities and expenses related to the care, shelter or medical services of companion animals, including:

  • Spay and neuter facilities, outreach efforts and/or education programs
  • No-kill animal shelter/adoption programs
  • Education and outreach programs for cat and dog owners
  • Support for cats and dogs owned by low-income or elderly residents
  • Training or placing companion animals for people with mobility or therapeutic needs.

Capacity building grants support activities that strengthen an animal welfare organization and improve its overall operations, including:

  • Training for staff and/or volunteers
  • Improving fundraising or financial management
  • Expanding services and programs
  • Developing and implementing business or strategic plans
  • Improving board operations.

Additional Considerations

Our advisory committee gives preference to proposals that:

  • Have clearly defined targets or goals and a practical strategy to measure progress
  • Have the greatest potential to positively impact the community or the organization
  • Partner or collaborate with other animal welfare nonprofits or government agencies
  • Include other sources of funding to support the proposed work

Grant Amount

The Fund for Animal Welfare offers general operating mini-grants for organizations with budgets of less than $150,000; grants will range between $2,500 - $5,000.  General operating/project grants or capacity building grants for organizations with budgets of $150,000 or more will range between $5,000 - $25,000.

Apply now

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Monday, June 6th via our online grants management system.

Recent Grants

Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts
$5,000 to provide assistance to individuals and families unable to afford spaying/neutering and basic medical costs to adopt/retain their companion animals.

Henrico Humane Society
$15,000 to fund routine and non-routine veterinary care needed by the animals helped through a new program, "Love Me for Credit".

Richmond Animal League
$25,000 to support free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines for community cats in and around the Richmond area at Richmond Animal League's Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic

Richmond SPCA
$25,000 to provide operating support for delivery of medical care to pets of low-income clients, including the elderly.

St. Francis Humane Association
$4,000 to rescue, rehabilitate and prepare for adoption cats that are strays, owner surrenders, and on death row at local municipal shelters.

TCF Online Grants System

Qualified organizations must submit a proposal through our online grants system.
Staff is available for technical support during office hours, 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri.

Access the online grants system