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.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Submit a Letter of Inquiry of no more than two pages to The Binky Foundation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at The Binky Foundation, Post Office Box 2807, New York, New York 10163
The time to submit Letters of Inquiry for consideration of a 2016 grant has expired as of March 1st. The number of letters received has been extraordinary, and we are working diligently to process and respond to them in the order received. If you submitted a letter, and have not heard from us, please be patient. We will get to you. Any Letters of Inquiry received by us after February 29, 2016 will be deferred to a later date, which will be determined after fully considering all timely received submissions. Given the number of requests received, it is unlikely that we will reopen a window for submission of Letters of Inquiry for the remainder of 2016.
2. Letters of Inquiry should include:
- a brief statement about the applicant individual or organization
- a short description of the project or item for which funding is sought and how it relates to the objectives and needs of the organization
- the amount of the desired grant
- the total cost of the project or item, if different from the request, and other sources of funding
3. The Grant Committee of the Binky Foundation will attempt to respond to all Letters of Inquiry within 3 weeks of submission.
4. If invited, you may submit a formal proposal to The Binky Foundation within the time period indicated by the invitation letter. Download the grant application here: Grant Application >
5. The Grant Committee of The Binky Foundation will consider applications for grants as funding and volume permits.
6. An invitation to submit a formal grant application is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded.
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.