Support During 2021 for Humane Projects in Ohio and Other Great Lakes Region States 

So far during 2021, the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust has distributed $299,830 in grants to nonprofit humane organizations, mainly in Ohio and other states in the Great Lakes region.  Details on awards can be found on our "Recent Grants" page.  It has also approved 3 challenge grants to Ohio shelters and spay/neuter clinics to assist in their raising additional funds from individual donors.  Altogether the Foundation has made more than $23 million in grants to humane organizations since its inception. 



Grant Guidelines



Mission of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust is a private foundation focused on preventing cruelty to animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals, particularly companion animals such as dogs and cats, and other species of animals commonly kept as household pets.  The Foundation also supports efforts to protect the well-being of urban-suburban native wildlife, captive exotic wildlife, farmed animals, working animals, and non-human animals generally.  It extends in perpetuity the generosity toward animals in need shown by Kenneth Allen Scott during his lifetime, and assists those who care for them today. 

The Foundation is marking its Silver Anniversary of grantmaking activity this year.

The Foundation considers proposals from eligible humane organizations (as described below) based in the USA for projects designed to enhance the well-being of animals in Ohio and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region.  The Foundation will not consider unsolicited requests from organizations based in other parts of the country, or fund activities taking place outside the USA.   To be eligible, 100% of an organization's governing board members must have made a monetary contribution to it during the past year.  Organizations that cannot meet this standard should not apply.

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Leadership Transition

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Karen Kannenberg as the new Executive Director of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust.  She can be reached at:   After 23 years directing the Foundation's grantmaking, Dr. H. Richard Obermanns is retiring this Spring.

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Instructions for Grant Applicants


The Foundation will not be accepting proposals for capital campaigns or facilities improvements during 2021, due to limited funding availability.

Also, the Foundation is no longer accepting unsolicited proposals for activities of National scope or significance, or from organizations located in communities and states outside the Great Lakes region.

For 2021, there will be three deadlines  and three dockets for consideration of grant proposals.  The next deadline for submission of proposals will be May 15, 2021.  Applicants from Ohio and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region may apply at this time.  Additional information on our schedule may be found on our "Application Process" page.  As before, please send us a one-page letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining your project and its cost prior to sending your proposal.

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