Grant Guidelines and Application Process

The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust invites applications for projects to advance the quality of life for companion animals and native wildlife. It is focused on helping organizations go beyond basic care with innovative projects that provide an enhanced quality of life today and in the future. 



    • Letter of Inquiry (LOI) using the online form. Required by all applicants.
    • The LOI will begin with eligibility questions.
    • An email confirmation will be sent after the LOI has been submitted.
    • You will receive a response to your LOI within two weeks of submission.
    • The Scott Trust will either request a full application or decline support.




LOI Deadline Application Deadline Distribution Meeting
December 15, 2023 January 15, 2024 March 26, 2024
April 15, 2024 May 15, 2024 TBD Summer 2024
July 15, 2024 August 15, 2024 TBD Fall 2024


Applications received after these dates will be held until the next grant cycle. Grant awards will be announced shortly after each distribution meeting.     


    • Types of organizations supported by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust are limited to:
      • Humane societies
      • Animal welfare organizations focused on companion animals
      • Nonprofit spay/neuter clinics
      • Native wildlife rehabilitation and nature centers
      • Educational institutions
      • Equine organizations providing therapeutic programs or focused on adoption
      • Other state or community organizations dedicated to companion animals
    • Eligible organizations must:
      • Have a current 501(c)(3) ruling from the IRS.
      • Be in Ohio or selected counties in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin. Please review the list of selected counties.
      • Provide evidence of proper financial stewardship
      • Financial support from 100% of board members
      • Pursue a high quality of life for individual animals and improve the situation of significant numbers of animals.
      • Deliver outstanding humane care, in facilities that meet or exceed accepted health and safety standards
      • Have written policies on adoption procedures, spaying/neutering companion animals leaving the agency, display/release of wildlife, and keep records on intake/disposition of all animals.
      • Annual revenue for basic animal sheltering, rescue, and care activities from sustainable sources. 
    •  Preference will be given to organizations established for more than five years with an annual budget exceeding $50,000.



The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust’s priority is helping organizations go beyond basic care to support initiatives that will provide an enhanced quality of life for homeless and abused companion animals today and in the future.


Funding applications should address one of the following program areas: 


        1. Animal Adoption, Behavior Training, and Fostering
        2. Continuing Education and Training
        3. Humane and Wildlife Education
        4. Medical Care, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Care for Animals
        5. Pet and Feral Animal Population Control through Spay/Neuter
        6. Equipment
        7. Other Animal Care Initiatives


Examples of projects preferred by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust include:


        • Animal Adoption, Behavior Training, and Fostering – projects to increase successful adoptions or other non-capital means of expanding shelter capacity.
        • Continuing Education and Training – opportunities for staff and volunteers to improve delivery of care and retain employees.
        • Humane and Wildlife Education – school and community programs that address respecting animals, humane care, health issues and human/wildlife conflicts. 
        • Medical Care, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Care for Animals – improving access to care for native wildlife and owned companion animals in under-resourced urban/rural areas, as well as those owned by socially vulnerable populations.
        • Pet and Feral Animal Population Control through Spay/Neuter - assistance for owned pets from under resourced households, incentive programs encouraging adoptions from shelters and humane control numbers of community cats or dogs.
        • Equipment – items that directly benefiting homeless or injured animals
        • Other Animal Care Initiatives – projects that celebrate the human-animal bond.


        • Capital project support
        • General operating support
        • Multi-year requests
        • Individuals
        • Breed-specific organizations
        • Projects focusing on farmed or exotic animals
        • Government agencies
        • Films or other media
        • Activities related to litigation
        • Legislative advocacy
        • Deficit reduction
        • Endowment
        • Support of fundraising events

Unsolicited applications for activities of national scope or from organizations located in states outside of the geographic boundaries will not be considered.




Begin A Letter of Inquiry: