The AAEP Foundation accepts requests for funding when these requests help facilitate the accomplishment of its goals and supports its mission to improve the welfare of the horse. Priority is given to those requests that have the most impact on the welfare of multiple horses on a national and international scope or where emergency funding is needed. Funds will not be provided to “for-profit” individuals or groups.
The AAEP Foundation will not grant funds for the following:
- Unwanted/Retirement Horse Programs - To facilities or programs that care for unwanted or retirement horses. This includes horses that may have been abandoned, abused or neglected. The AAEP Foundation focuses its efforts and funds for this population of horses through its assistance to the Unwanted Horse Coalition and related programs.
- Unsolicited Equine Research - For individual equine research projects that it has not solicited directly through a call for pre-proposals. However, the Foundation will consider applications for emergency research and for projects or events that support the coordination of equine research (i.e. equine research workshops and symposiums that assist with the prioritization, education and/or collaboration of equine research for the industry).
Application Submission Deadline: April 1 (Except for Disaster Relief and Preparedness Fund grant applications which are accepted year-round).
Funding Application (Microsoft Word version)
Funding Application (PDF version)
Benevolent Program Support: The Foundation will consider and recruit benevolent funding requests that are relevant to national and global issues, meet the Foundation’s mission and help multiple horses. Grants may be awarded in the following areas:
- Equitarian Support - Programs that benefit working equids of the world, particularly those that are found in impoverished areas. Priority will be given to programs with the broadest reach and those that work toward sustainability within the population visited and meet other requirements listed within the application instructions.
- Disaster Preparedness and Relief - The Foundation will consider applications that help multiple horses involved in natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, drought, blizzards, wildfires, earthquakes, and health disasters (epidemics), with an emphasis on projects that support preparedness programs. However, emergency funding support will be considered as well.
Note: Please see Application Instructions for full details on what programs may be considered for funding and their specific requirements.