How to Submit Your Grant Application

We now have a completely electronic proposal submission process. No paper copies of proposals will be accepted during the application process. Instead, the entire process will be conducted via our secure website. A single signed copy of the application will be requested only for those agencies that have been selected for funding. Complete applications, including all required attachments, must be submitted electronically by 8 pm on April 1, of the current year. The submission website will close at 8 pm, and no changes can be made after this time. Any application that is not successfully submitted prior to the closing time will not be considered in the current cycle.

Grant Application Information

In the spring of each year, municipal and nonprofit agencies submit funding proposals for spay/neuter projects in the state of Florida. Each grant is assessed by the four-member grant review committee and scored for strengths in the following:

  • targeting of important animal populations
  • ability to increase surgery numbers above the existing baseline
  • cost: benefit ratio
  • track record of the applicant
  • sustainability

The findings of the committee are reviewed by the Florida Animal Friend Board of Directors, which establishes a funding priority list based on the scores and reviewer comments. Funding is then awarded beginning with the highest ranked proposal and proceeding down the list of approved proposals until the available funds are exhausted. The awards are then announced, funding contracts are signed with the agencies and checks are mailed to the recipients in late summer.

The winning proposals are available under the “Awarded” section of the website so that agencies applying for funds in the current year can learn from these projects and from the preparation of the proposals.

Competition for spay/neuter funds will be high. The grant committee will focus attention on those proposals that are the most efficient (more surgeries will be performed for less money) and most targeted (surgeries will be performed on the animals that are most likely to contribute to overpopulation). However, there is recognition that in some areas of the state there may be limited resources for development of low-cost spay/neuter programs and that the cost of providing services in these areas may be higher. Successful grant applications will be those that understand the issues involved, communicate the importance of the problem addressed in the proposal, develop a logical and feasible plan for the project, and have the resources and talent to implement and complete it effectively.

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