The Application Process

Step 1: Determine whether your organization is eligible to begin our grant process.oregon trip-108

To be eligible you must meet all of the following:

1. Types of qualifying organizations:

  • a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • a government entity
  • an organization with a 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsor

2. Located within the State of Colorado or an agency that has a direct impact on animals and their owners in Colorado. Direct impact on animals and their owners in Colorado applies to institutions conducting studies that result in new science, practice or knowledge significantly affecting animals living in Colorado.

3. Proposing a program for funding which is compatible with our focus areas. If you have an innovative or creative grant idea that is outside our focus areas but may further our mission statement then please contact us by telephone to discuss your idea on (303) 744-8396.

If you are unsure about whether your organization is eligible to apply, please contact us on (303) 744-8396 for assistance.


Step 2: Register your organization with AAF

Follow this link to register your organization with AAF.

Register your organizaton


Step 3: Letter of Inquiry

If you meet the eligibility requirements in Step 1, you may submit a Letter of Inquiry. If you have not registered your organization, please do so first. If you are registered, follow the link below and log-on to your account.

Letter of Inquiry

Once logged in, you will be on the application page. Click the link that says: "Animal Assistance Foundation Grants". This will take you to the Letter of Inquiry form. Simply fill out the form and submit. Be as specific as possible and indicate the key reasons you are seeking a grant and what need you are trying to meet.

Based on your Letter of Inquiry, staff will reply with a decision about whether you may submit a formal application. If your project is accepted, you will recieve notification the you can proceed to the grant application stage (the application will be online as well). If we have further questions we will follow up with you on those questions. We recommend that you get your LOI in ahead of the deadline in order to ensure that we have plenty of time to clarify any questions that might arise.

AAF has one grant cycle per year in the fall.

No LOI's will be considered that are submitted after the LOI deadline date.


Step 4: Complete Application form

If your Letter of Inquiry is successful, AAF will invite you to submit a full proposal. You will be sent notification about how to apply for a grant. Your grant application must be submitted prior to the application deadline to be considered.

In contemplating the amount of request, make sure you consider the full one year cost of the program. It is important that you include as detailed as possible the reasoning behind the amount of the request and the details of how that money will be spent. The more specific and clear your grant request, the more likely you are to receive the requested funds.