Florida Animal Friend Announces 2020 Grant Opportunities
Florida Animal Friend, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted cats and dogs throughout Florida, shared that its grant application process for 2020 is now open and available online.
Grants are awarded to organizations from around the state that strive to make a difference in the pet over-population problem by providing free or low-cost spay and neuter programs.
Each grant application is reviewed by Florida Animal Friend's Grant Review Committee and scored for strengths in the following areas: target of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers above the existing baseline, the cost-benefit ratio, the track record of the applicant and the applicant's sustainability. Once applicants make it past the Grant Review Committee, the Florida Animal Friend Board of Directors reviews applications.
"Over the past eleven years, Florida Animal Friend has provided more than $5,500,000 in funds to assist spay and neuter programs throughout the state," said Lois Kostroski, executive director of Florida Animal Friend. "We are honored and excited to once again offer grant opportunities of up to $25,000 per organization to assist them in helping to combat the pet-overpopulation problem in Florida."
The Florida Animal Friend specialty license plate was revamped and completely redesigned in 2016 to include a more appealing design in order to increase plate sales which, in turn, has provided more funds to the organizations' vital mission.
Previous recipients of Florida Animal Friend grants are invited to apply; however, they cannot apply during the same year they are completing a grant. The 2020 grant winners will be announced in August with funds being released to the winners later that month.
Applications are only available online and must be submitted electronically by 8 p.m. on April 1, 2020 for grant consideration.