Welcome! Here are this week’s recommended foundations. These grants will be for various types of organizations, so they may not always be a perfect fit for you. However, there will be some that are. We also offer customized grant research reports that offer grants researched specifically for your organization, provide you with all of the submission requirements, deadlines, and a researched recommended request amount so that you can put your best effort forward when you apply.
This week’s focus is on Medical/Therapy Programs. Some of the deadlines may have passed, but you can keep this information for their next funding cycle.
Horses and Humans Research Foundation
The Horses and Humans Research Foundation is accepting letters of intent for an Innovation Grant. The goal of this grant is to connect practice with scientific knowledge by supporting innovative research with high-impact potential that might not be funded through traditional channels. The intent is to stimulate exploration, encourage the testing of hypotheses, and generate preliminary data that will open new pathways for future research
Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines that may contribute to the understanding of horses and their potential to impact the health and wellness of people. These include, but are not limited to, biological, behavioral, medical, epidemiological, psychological, clinical and multidisciplinary investigations.
Examples of areas that research questions could be based on (not necessarily reflecting foundation priorities):
Equine-assisted activities studies are needed that validate:
• Horse – rider combinations
• Therapeutic Riding lesson progression
o Assistance to independence to competition level
• Professional qualifications
o Registered to Advanced to Masters
• Lesson/service duration
• Lesson/service frequency
• Lesson/service effectiveness
o Group size
o Disability (e.g., disability, social or environmental factors, etc.)
Equine-assisted therapy studies are needed that validate:
• Frequency of treatment
• Outcomes of treatment
• Efficacy for different diagnoses
• Efficacy within age ranges
• Duration of treatment
• Protocols during treatment
• Horse selection for treatment
• Equine movement during treatment
• Professional competency recommendations
This program is open nationwide.
Armstrong McDonald Foundation
The Armstrong McDonald Foundation makes grants in the following areas of interest:
The foundation will consider only requests for assistance with endangered species reproduction research; for training of guide dogs for the visually impaired; and for training of dogs to be companions for the physically challenged or for mobility restricted seniors (see Special Needs focus area). The foundation will not entertain grant requests for assistance with programs of other animal related organizations such as but not limited to spay/neutering activities, to retirement facilities for race horses/dogs, zoos for general projects and to any kind of animal shelter whether it be designed for endangered species or not.
Children and Youth:
This category is for projects submitted by BSA, GSA, Boys and Girls Clubs and Teen Challenge type organizations that are related to their mission or for improvement to their facilities and equipment, such as games, computers and renovations.
The Foundation supports institutions of higher learning (universities and colleges, both private and public) and special projects related to education. Although a limited number of grants have been made to high schools in the past, the trustees have focused their grant awards on universities and colleges of late. Examples of projects fitting this category are renovation of classrooms, digital language labs, educational equipment such as computers, desks and books, complying with requirements for the handicapped on older buildings, purchase of specialized equipment for teaching hospitals and software for libraries. Additionally, the foundation supports non-traditional providers of education for at risk kids and after school mentoring programs. The Foundation will not fund tuition, room and board, books, etc. at any level.
The foundation supports a great variety of projects related to health issues ranging from lab supplies for teaching hospitals to multi-drug resistance research. Other examples of projects falling within this category are the need for medical related equipment, renovating areas of hospitals for specialized treatment, sending kids with cancer to camp, recovery programs for burn victims, outpatient therapy for abused and neglected children, programs related to fighting eating disorders, and costs of providing onsite facilities at hospitals providing specialized care for children.
Relief and Social:
This is the category where the foundation places qualifying projects that do not fit into the other categories. The foundation continues to support community outreach programs, shelters for the homeless, shelters for abused women and children, veteran related projects, services to seniors, purchase of vans for various transportation needs and transitional living programs.
Many projects fit this broad category. The foundation has sent disabled kids to camp; made playgrounds handicapped accessible and friendly; purchased specialized equipment for licensed care facilities for the disabled and mentally challenged; contributed toward the training of dogs for the visually impaired and restricted mobility seniors/adults/youth; assisted with purchase of equipment to be used by or for the disabled (wheelchairs, ramps, shower facilities); publication of new books and distribution of Braille textbooks; underwrote sport recreation meets for the disabled and mentally retarded; assisted with the costs of providing media services for the blind; and contributed to the costs of providing multiple services to the hearing impaired.
The Foundation will only accept unsolicited grant requests from those IRS approved non-profits listed on the “Pre-Approved for Grant Submission List.” This list is available on the Foundation website.
All other IRS approved non-profits desiring to submit a grant request to this foundation must meet the following three qualifications:
If those qualifications are met, prospective applicants must complete the “Request for Approval to Submit a Grant Request.” electronic one page form on the Foundation website.
Once approval has been granted, an application may be submitted and the deadline is September 15.