AAF gave my organization a grant last cycle, when can I apply again?
You can apply for a grant whenever you have a need for one. We do not require a mandatory rest period or off cycle.
If my organization receives a grant as part of a collaborative effort will that reduce my organization’s chances of getting a grant independently in the same cycle or subsequent cycles?
No, we encourage and try to reward collaborative efforts. We are excited about any opportunity to fund a strong collaborative effort or program.
My organization doesn’t have audited financial statements, does that disqualify us from applying?
No, but we do require you to provide us financial information for your organization. This should include a balance sheet, income statement, and any tax returns you may have filed. Our expectation is that these are correct and represent the true financial condition of your organization.
How do I report for my mid-term/final report? Is there a form I need to use?
You will be emailed with a reminder and a link to the required reporting form. This is one aspect of our new on-line granting software that we are very excited about.
We have not received our 501(c)3 status yet, can we utilize a fiscal sponsor?
Yes. We will accept organizations that must utilize a fiscal sponsor. However, we strongly encourage you to get you tax exempt status completed as quickly as possible as this will certainly increase your chances of funding.
If I apply for a grant or receive a grant from AAF will you do a site visit?
We spend a significant amount of time visiting animal welfare organizations throughout the state of CO. We try to visit each grantee and applicant. We also visit organizations we are interested in learning more about who may not have sought grants from us yet. We may not visit you right away or even during your grant period but we will do our best to get there at some point. Please contact us if you are eager to give us a tour of your facility and we’ll try to prioritize it.
How is my organization required to acknowledge a grant received from AAF?
If you wish to put the AAF logo or name on any public documents, we require that you get written approval from AAF.We ask that you acknowledge AAF’s contribution consistently with how other similar contributions are acknowledged. If you don’t have a formal recognition or acknowledgment program, such recognition is not required. If your organization publishes a newsletter, e-newsletter or similar publication this can be an easy, cost-effective way to acknowledge contributions and is one method that is commonly used.
What size grant requests does AAF accept?
There is no standard or recommended amount. AAF does not have a limit on the amount of money an organization is able to request. We suggest you request a grant for the amount to match the size and scope of your project and the need you are addressing. We expect that your grant application will clearly define this with facts and numbers and that your request will match the outcomes you are trying to achieve. What we ask from you is that you are (a) realistic in the capabilities of your organization and (b) honest about the strengths and weaknesses of your capabilities. We may scale the amount we actually grant to your organization but we don’t need you to scale the amount you request.
We are not located in Colorado, can we still apply?
AAF’s directive is to help the animals of Colorado. Unless you can show a direct benefit to the animals of Colorado, you are not eligible to apply for a grant from AAF.
Who should I contact if I need help with my grant application or report forms?