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.
First Steps Grants
We realize that frequently the smallest efforts properly focused can become the seeds from which substantial efforts are developed and nurtured. Our First Steps grant program is designed for individuals or organizations looking for initial seed grants of up to $2500 that address a specific need and meet the following guidelines and criteria.
We are primarily looking to support specific programs, particularly in their early stages, to help small, local organizations get a firm basis for future sustainability. Therefore, in reviewing requests for funding, our goal is to help an organization achieve sustainability or to provide a long-term benefit, such as to set up an educational program, or to help purchase a particular piece of equipment that expands or perpetuates an organization's ability to perform its mission. What we try to avoid is to provide direct payment for food or medical support for individuals, or to provide 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»
2014 marked the first time in our ten years where all grants awarded were First Steps Grants, thus effectively marking the end of our Forward Steps Grants in excess of $2500. The Board may, under special circumstances, consider an exception to fund 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 smaller grants 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.
Because of focus of our First Steps Grant Program, and to avoid confusion, we have again modified our grant application form to eliminate reference to our larger grants. The new form can be downloaded here: Grant Application >
The response to our two grant windows in 2014 was overwhelming to the point that we were not able to fully process or fund all the worthy requests received. This has resulted in our rolling forward a number of these requests into the first quarter of 2015. This means that our Grant Committee will only be able to accommodate one new window during calendar year 2015, and that window will be open during the month of June. The last day for receiving grant applications for this window will be June 30, 2015. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Grant Committee in extraordinary circumstances. The Grant Committee will make every effort to review and consider each application received within 60-days following the close of the window.
Please note that The Binky Foundation is not designed for and does not have the resources to fund individual pet care, including direct reimbursement to veterinarians, or for housing or the purchase of food. We urge individuals seeking such help contact local shelters or other local charitable organizations that may provide such assistance.