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The North Carolina Horse Council offers eight types of grants that can be applied for by anyone in North Carolina that meets the requirements.

All programs should meet one or more of the following criteria:

a. Unifies the horse community.
b. Makes a lasting difference (systemic changes to North Carolina’s horse environment)
c. Directly affects at least 50 people over the course of the year
d. Allows NCHC to develop and/or provide expertise and information on equine issues and facts
e. Increases the awareness of NCHC
f. Identifies revenue sources for NCHC

Education and Community Grants | Development | Scholarship Grants | Health and Research Grants | Trails | Gelding | Euthanasia | Safety Net


The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to U.S. nonprofit equine welfare organizations and other animal welfare organizations that care for horses, mules, donkeys and ponies – both wild and domestic – in alignment with our efforts to protect all equines. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations which strive to achieve best practices, including maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices, as well as excellent animal care. A site visit may be required before or as a condition of a grant.

Anti-Cruelty Seizures | Emergency/Disaster Support | Emergency Feed Support | Capital Improvements | Training Grants | State and Regional Safety Net Coalition Programs


Petsmart provides emergency relief funding and supplies to assist pets in three different types of situations:

  • Large-scale disasters (e.g. hurricanes, fires and other natural catastrophes)
  • Multiple-animal rescue disasters
  • One-animal victim of abuse or violence

General Emergency Relief Assistance | Multiple-Animal Rescue Disaster Relief | Emergency Relief Waggin’® Trailer


“The medical costs of treating and rehabilitating an abused animal can easily become overwhelming for any animal welfare organization — particularly when long-term care is necessary. The Second Chance Fund is one way American Humane Association works to support these organizations in their vital work. By providing financial assistance, in select cases, to animal welfare organizations responsible for the temporary care of animals as they are prepared for adoption into permanent, loving homes, the program provides animal victims of abuse or neglect with a second chance at life.”


The Heart of a Horse Foundation conducts horse rescue by providing support to horses in need. Whether they have been neglected or abused it is our duty to remove said horses from destructive environments and rehabilitate them into loving homes. The Heart of a Horse Foundation also works directly with the horse community providing welfare assistance in the form of hay, medicine and educational programs.

Emergency Hay Support | Emergency Medical Support | Kill Pen Rescue | Horse Retirement | Education


The AAEP Foundation accepts equine specific funding requests that are dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Funds are awarded to those requests that have the most impact on a national and/or international level.


“Although there are many organizations nationwide that are involved in various aspects of animal and habitat protection, most are focused on “big picture” issues. Yet frequently the smallest efforts properly focused can become the seeds from which substantial efforts grow. At The Binky Foundation we recognize that the resources for starting an initiative are often the hardest to obtain. Thus, our grant program is focused primarily on assisting individuals and organizations that seek to take those initial steps that are critical to achieving a significant benefit or advancement toward protecting animals and their habitats.”


“Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is a fund-raising, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Grants from The Brennan Equine Welfare Fund are used to serve equine rescue shelters across the country which provide dignity to final years of aged, injured, abused, starved and slaughter-bound horses, as well as those used in medical experimentation. This fund supports registered, 501(c)(3) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for these beautiful animals. Shelters which offer carefully scrutinized adoption or re-placement services are also supported.”


We serve horse charities across the United States by:
• Providing financial support through the award of grants to charities that are improving the quality of life of horses, using horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal;
• Offering insight on management and financial practices of these charities through a thorough review of their operations;
• Providing a network of interested individuals for volunteer recruitment;
• Educating the public about horses.


Thousands of horses are born every year as a result of poor breeding techniques and mismanagement of mares and stallions. As a result, equine rescue organizations across the nation have become overwhelmed with unwanted and neglected horses. Our goal is to help control this over-population in the U.S. by reducing the number of unwanted births. By instituting an educational program encouraging the public to geld their stallions and by offering free gelding services to those currently using their stallions for breeding and who could not otherwise afford the procedure, our hope is to initiate a solution to this growing problem.


The PATH International Equine Services for Heroes mission is to assist military personnel and veterans through services available at PATH International Member Centers. Equine-assisted activity and therapy programs are tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, while also providing a supportive and therapeutic environment for their families and loved ones.


USA Equestrian Trust ® is a private foundation dedicated to furthering the rich legacy of horses and equestrian sport. The Trust’s objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of national and international equestrian sports competition, and the corporation is organized within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

The Trust was originally founded in New York in 1917, as the American Horse Show Association, and its name changes over the decades — to American Horse Shows Association, to USA Equestrian, and now to USA Equestrian Trust — mirror the evolution of equestrian sport in the United States. USA Equestrian Trust secured the funding and building of the United States Equestrian Federation’s national headquarters office at the Kentucky Horse Park, beginning in 1998, and today leases that building to USEF in accordance with the formal agreement that founded the present Federation on December 1, 2003.