FAQs

 

Q1:      Where do Grey Muzzle grant funds come from?
Q2:      What is the average number/size of grants funded by The Grey Muzzle Organization in each cycle?
Q3:      Who does The Grey Muzzle Organization fund?
Q4:      My organization serves dogs of all ages, but some of them are seniors. Can I apply for a grant?
Q5:      Does The Grey Muzzle Organization make grants to breed-specific rescues?
Q6:      Will Grey Muzzle fund a portion of a program to help senior dogs?
Q7:      Can I request funds for a new program? What if I don’t currently have a senior-dog program?
Q8:      What kind of programs does The Grey Muzzle Organization fund?
Q9:      What activities or programs does The Grey Muzzle Organization not fund?
Q10:    When does The Grey Muzzle Organization make grants?
Q11:    Who is eligible for a Grey Muzzle grant?
Q12:    How do you apply for a Grey Muzzle grant?
Q13:    What if my organization does not meet the grant priorities currently listed?  Can I still apply? (NEW)
 
Q1:   Where do Grey Muzzle grant funds come from?
A: Grey Muzzle funds depend entirely on the generosity and support of donations from people and organizations. Take a moment to meet some of our Supporters.  Please Donate and refer others to our website to find out more and get involved. Any amount - from organizations and people like you - is greatly appreciated!
 
Q2:   What is the average number and size of grants that are funded by The Grey Muzzle Organization in each cycle?
A: The number of awards in each grant cycle varies. Each time, based on available funds, Grey Muzzle considers both renewals for funded organizations and new grants for new organizations. Since 2008, Grey Muzzle has provided over $420,000 in grants for senior dog programs to over 54 non-profit organizations in more than 27 states!  Grants typically range from $500 to $4,000.
 
Q3:   Who does The Grey Muzzle Organization fund?
A: Grey Muzzle funds shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations across the United States expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. Please review Who We Help to see more details about the variety of organizations working to help senior dogs.
 
Q4:  My organization serves dogs of all ages, but some of them are seniors. Can I apply for a grant?
A: Absolutely! Because you serve dogs of all ages, you will need to put a process in place to ensure that a prospective Grey Muzzle grant would attend specifically to seniors; define a program and the intended benefits to serve seniors; and report your success for assisting and helping senior dogs. The report does not have to be complicated, but it must help Grey Muzzle and our donors understand the value you are providing specifically to senior dogs. Overall, The Grey Muzzle Organization funds shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations across the United States expressly for programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs. Please review Who We Help to see more details about the variety of organizations working with Grey Muzzle to help senior dogs.
 
Q5:  Does The Grey Muzzle Organization make grants to breed-specific rescues?
A: Yes. At the same time, we balance Grey Muzzle funding so that a significant percent also goes to non-breed-specific organizations. You may want to review Who We Help to get a sense of the kinds of senior programs we are looking for in a breed rescue. Several breed-specific organizations supported by Grey Muzzle actively promote senior dogs and have a long-term care or hospice program for seniors that are not adoptable. We may also be interested in your organization if you are starting to develop such long-term care or hospice program for seniors.
 
Q6:  Will The Grey Muzzle Organization fund a portion of a program to help senior dogs?
A: Yes. In fact, many program budgets exceed the typical range of our grant amounts (approximately $500 - $4000).  If your program budget exceeds our grant amount, and you have or can demonstrate other sources of funding to cover the remaining costs, The Grey Muzzle Organization can fund part of an eligible program.
 
Q7:  Can I request funds for a new program? What if I do not currently have a senior-dog program?
A:  Yes. You may apply for a grant to develop a new senior dog program. Keep in mind that you can also request funds to continue or expand an existing program.  Either way, The Grey Muzzle Organization funds organizations and programs to make a critical difference in lives of senior dogs. So think creatively about expanding and strengthening your organization’s tactics for helping senior dogs.
 
Q8:  What kind of programs does The Grey Muzzle Organization fund?
A: As described in more detail under Sample Programs, The Grey Muzzle Organization supports foster programs, efforts to keep senior dogs with families struggling to keep them, medical care to increase the potential for senior dogs to be adopted, hospice, senior-for-senior adoption, and other programs – all expressly focused on helping senior dogs. Please also visit Who We Help to review currently funded programs that are supported by Grey Muzzle to learn from other programs helping senior dogs. Please do not limit yourself to these lists! We would like to hear your program ideas as long as they meet our eligibility requirements and promote our Values for helping senior dogs. 
 
Q9:   What activities or programs does The Grey Muzzle Organization not fund?
A: Right now, The Grey Muzzle Organization does not fund capital purchases (e.g., equipment, building improvements) or promotion-related costs (e.g., advertising, brochures, event costs). We understand that such programs may be important to your organization’s efforts to help senior dogs. Please see Sample Programs, review Who We Help, and Meet the Dogs to explore additional examples of grant programs and activities supported by The Grey Muzzle Organization.
 
Q10:  When does The Grey Muzzle Organization make grants?
A: 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. Each year, we issue a Call for Grants. Please visit our Grant Application Process page for more details, and when you sign up for our mailing list, please indicate an interest in grants to stay connected.  
 
Q11:  Who is eligible for a Grey Muzzle grant?
A: To be eligible for a Grey Muzzle grant, you must be an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization and willing to host a visit to your location by a Grey Muzzle board member. Please visit our Grant Application Process page for more details, and review Who We Help for additional examples of grant recipients.
 
Q12:   How do you apply for a Grey Muzzle Organization grant?
A: Overall, Grey Muzzle’s grant application process consists of three stages, beginning with submission of a Letter of Interest. Moving forward in the process requires invitation from The Grey Muzzle Organization upon review and approval at each stage. These stages are designed to help us build long-term relationships with organizations that are making a real difference in the lives of senior dogs. Please visit our Grant Application Process page for more details.

Q13:    What if my organization does not meet the grant priorities currently listed?  Can I still apply? (NEW)

A: Yes.  We invite you to and appreciate your efforts to submit a Letter of Interest and begin an application for funding.  At the same time, we want you to know that Grey Muzzle will prioritize Letters of Interest as guided by the stated priorities for a funding period; some will be invited to submit full grant application materials, while others will not.  Each cycle, we anticipate adding to our list of candidate organizations, but will invite and approve a limited number of grants to new applicants based on priorities.