Microsanctuary Movement Seed Grants are available for individuals and organizations engaged in rescuing and caring for farmed animals on small scales. Our grants of $500 (for individuals) or $1,000 (non-profits) aim to help microsanctuaries with a variety of expenses, from infrastructure, to special projects, to operating expenses, to animal care. We currently have two types of grants:
- Seed Grants: used for infrastructure, animal care, and other general expenses.
- Hen Reproductive Healthcare Fund: used for contraception and other reproductive healthcare, by a veterinarian, for hens.
Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis. Before applying, please read the following resources to understand fully the principles, goals, and message of The Microsanctuary Movement:
- Core Principles
- Vegan Resources
- What Is a Microsanctuary?
- Microsanctuary Profiles
- Species Guides
- Do I have to be a tax-exempt non-profit organization to receive a grant?
No! Microsanctuaries are about individuals devoting their time, energy, and resources to rescuing and caring for farmed animals, to whatever capacity they can to be sustainable. While some people with microsanctuaries do become non-profit organizations and receive tax-exempt status, that is not a requirement—either for a grant or to be considered a microsanctuary.
- What if I’m not vegan?
As we discuss in our Core Principles, ethical veganism is the guiding principle of The Microsanctuary Movement. As such, we cannot fund projects or organizations that do not embrace non-exploitation of animals, and we will not fund anything that continues the use of animals for food or other purposes.
This means that you and others in your household must not eat, sell, give away, or otherwise allow for human use the eggs that your hens and other female birds lay. Feathers, wool/hair, milk, even feces is not meant to be treated as a “resource” that humans may use. Breeding is also prohibited, as is riding of larger animals like horses. Please see our Core Principles for additional information.
- What can I use the money for?
You can use a grant to cover some expenses related to your microsanctuary. However, you can also use a grant as a matching fund for a fundraiser/crowdfunder to help encourage others to contribute—essentially doubling their contribution! You will describe the intended use of the grant and budget for your project in your application.
- Can I get a grant for dog or cat rescue?
While we recognize that dogs and cats are very often members of a microsanctuary family, our grant program is focused on farmed animals. If dogs or cats benefit from a project, that is wonderful! But the project/use of funds needs to primarily benefit rescued farmed animals.
- How long will it take for me to get funds?
The application process should take no more than 1-2 weeks. Typically, you will receive a check in the mail for the full amount of the grant. However, we can also donate online to crowdfunding campaigns if that is preferred. Please specify in your application if you need funds by a particular date or method.
- What else comes with a grant award?
If you are awarded a grant, you will be profiled on The Microsanctuary Movement’s website and social media pages, indicating that you are a grant recipient. We will continue to share pictures, stories, and updates in the future to show the awesome work you are doing!
In addition, grants come with free consultation support from The Microsanctuary Movement! We know you will have lots of questions and could use guidance, information, and other support along the way. We want to help! So stay in touch: our grants are about building a relationship as much as providing funding!
- What if I have to shut down my microsanctuary?
Part of the goal of offering consulting support is to help prevent disasters and situations where you have to rehome your residents. So please talk to us whenever problems arise so we can help!
Questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!