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 seeking to take those initial steps that are critical to achieving a significant benefit or advancement toward protecting animals and their habitats.
First Steps Grants
Our First Steps Grant Program is designed to help small, local organizations get a firm basis for future sustainability or to help expand or perpetuate an organization's ability to perform its mission. The Foundation provides grants of up to $2500 that come within the following guidelines and criteria:
- Support for a program in the early stages of development that is moving towards sustainability
- Support for a specific one-time need that will provide a long-term benefit (such as to help purchase a piece of equipment or to make an improvement to a facility)
- Support for educational initiatives that will provide a long-term benefit or help an organization achieve sustainability
- Support for unusual or imaginative new initiatives that are designed to provide long-term benefits or advancements toward protecting animals and their habitats.
The Binky Foundation does not provide direct payment for food or medical support for animals, or short-term support for an organization's general budget for these services. For examples of the kinds of organizations we have supported, and the nature of the approved grants, see Our Grantees»
The Board may, under special circumstances, consider funding long-term or ongoing projects meeting the criteria described above and providing an exceptional benefit to wild or domesticated animals and protection and or expansion of their habitats. However, we believe that our focus on small grants for new organizations is a better use of our limited resources, and allows us to serve those organizations that need help that is not available elsewhere to meet their goals and expectations.
Our 2016 grant program is complete and no new letters of inquiry are being considered. We are in the process of assessing this year's program and ascertaining availability of funds and criteria for next year. Our 2017 program will be developed after this process is completed before year-end. Please watch our website for updates on our 2017 Grant Program and the next opportunity to submit a letter of inquiry.