Guided by its vision - a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid - The Grey Muzzle Organization makes grants throughout the United States expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. We invite shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations, whose activities include helping senior dogs, to apply for these grant funds.  Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided over $420,000 in grants for senior dog programs to more than 54 non-profit organizations in over 27 states!  Grants typically range from $500 to $4,000. These resources depend entirely on the generosity and support of the public and other donors.  Thank you for helping old dogs, especially in these difficult economic times!

Here we introduce our grant application process and any priorities that may accompany certain funding periods.  Sometimes, the Call for Grants may be more general; during other times, Grey Muzzle may announce specific geographic regions or types of organizations that are targeted for funding to strengthen our collective efforts to help senior dogs. Please visit our Grants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more details.

So stay in touch!  If you would like to be notified when we update essential information about grants and funding cycles, please join our mailing list and indicate an interest in grants.

Call for Grants

The Grey Muzzle Organization currently has two funding periods per year: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Grants for these periods are awarded in June and December, preceded by several months of application review.

The Grey Muzzle Organization 2014 Spring/Summer Call for Grants is now CLOSED!

NOTE:  The Grey Muzzle Organization is not accepting new Letters of Interest (LOIs) at this time.
  Each cycle, we can only invite a limited number of new applicants. Right now we are focusing on the LOIs we already have that address our organizational (shelter and senior-dog rescue) and geographic priorities. Please join our mailing list and indicate an interest in grants to stay in touch.  And thanks for all your great work to help senior dogs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Katie, our Grants Chair, with questions:


Here are some basic criteria you should know when considering whether to apply for a grant from the Grey Muzzle Organization:

To be eligible for a Grey Muzzle grant, you must be: 

  • An IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization
  • Willing to host a visit to your location by a Grey Muzzle board member

You need to apply for a grant for a specific program, which must:

  • Benefit senior dogs exclusively
  • Have well-defined goals for helping senior dogs
  • Have a system in place to account for the success of the program. We require a report showing how the funds were used to make a difference for seniors.

These procedures and required information are outlined in more detail in our Application Process .

We also want to share these 'Tips for Grantseekers' from the ASPCA

Other Support

In addition to our Grant program, Grey Muzzle also provides funds for special programs such as our Bed Fund.