Yesterday, the Pedigree Foundation announced the opening of the application process for its 2012 Innovation Grants. Ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each, grants are awarded to qualifying organizations based on demonstrated use of creative programs aimed at increasing dog adoptions.
Last year, the Foundation awarded $150,000 in the form of seven Innovation Grants (out of nearly 200 applications). Among the recipients were the SPCA of Monterey County, Calif., for its “Take the Lead” program, which pairs shelter dogs in need of training and socialization with at-risk youth in need of opportunities for success and positive reinforcement. Oklahoma Humane Society of Oklahoma City received funding for a transport program. And Paw Prints Humane Society of Sedona, Ariz., received funding to purchase a mobile adoption vehicle to increase adoptions, community education and awareness, and to serve as an emergency evacuation vehicle for at-risk animals in the northern Arizona area.
I love these grant competitions because not only do they provide much-needed funding, they help stir the pot of innovation and spread the word about effective strategies for tackling what feels like the intractable problem of animal overpopulation.
For a list of past grant recipients and complete set of guidelines, visit pedigreefoundation.org. Applications will be accepted through June 29, 2012, 4 p.m. CST.