Although there are many organizations nationwide that are involved in various aspects of animal and habitat protection, most are focused on “big picture” issues. Yet frequently the smallest efforts properly focused can become the seeds from which substantial efforts grow. At The Binky Foundation we recognize that the resources for starting an initiative are often the hardest to obtain. Thus, our grant program is focused primarily on assisting individuals and organizations seeking to take those initial steps that are critical to achieving a significant benefit or advancement toward protecting animals and their habitats.
First Steps Grants
Our First Steps Grant Program is designed to help small, local organizations get a firm basis for future sustainability or to help expand or perpetuate an organization’s ability to perform its mission. The Foundation provides grants of up to $2500 that come within the following guidelines and criteria:
- Support for a program in the early stages of development that is moving towards sustainability
- Support for a specific one-time need that will provide a long-term benefit (such as to help purchase a piece of equipment or to make an improvement to a facility)
- Support for educational initiatives that will provide a long-term benefit or help an organization achieve sustainability
- Support for unusual or imaginative new initiatives that are designed to provide long-term benefits or advancements toward protecting animals and their habitats.
The Binky Foundation does not provide direct payment for food or medical support for animals, or short-term support for an organization’s general budget for these services. For examples of the kinds of organizations we have supported, and the nature of the approved grants, see Our Grantees »
The Board may, under special circumstances, consider funding long-term or ongoing projects meeting the criteria described above and providing an exceptional benefit to wild or domesticated animals and protection and or expansion of their habitats. However, we believe that our focus on small grants for new organizations is a better use of our limited resources, and allows us to serve those organizations that need help that is not available elsewhere to meet their goals and expectations.
2018 Grant Program
As previously noted, the number of letters of inquiry received under our 2017 Grant Program far exceeded our ability to process all worthy requests. Therefore, in place of an open 2018 grant program, we have invited a number of 2017 submitters to apply for consideration in 2018. As a result, no new inquiries will be accepted for consideration at this time. Whether or not we will accept new inquiries later in 2018 will not be determined until the applications of the current invitees have been processed. We are sorry that we are unable to accept new inquiries at this time. Please understand that new letters of inquiry or applications received without an invitation will not be considered or acknowledged.
How to Apply
1. Although the current window for submitting letters of inquiry is closed, the following information will be applicable if and when a new window is opened. Any Letter of Inquiry submitted in any future window should be no more than two pages in length and forwarded to The Binky Foundation, preferably by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although e-mail is preferred, you can also submit a letter of inquiry by mail addressed to The Binky Foundation, Post Office Box 2807, New York, New York 10163 and postmarked during any future window period. Mailed inquiries may take longer to process, but will eventually be given the same consideration. The Foundation will correspond by e-mail only, so mailed letters should be sure to include a valid e-mail address for the contact person.
2. Letters of Inquiry should include:
- A brief statement about your organization’s history, its objectives and base of support.
- A short description of the project or item for which funding is sought and how it relates to the objectives and needs of the organization.
- The amount of the desired grant.
- If the grant is for part of an item or project, the total cost of the item or project and other sources of funding for it.
3. The Grant Committee will review letters of inquiry in the order received,* and responses will depend on the volume of inquiries received, although the Committee will attempt to respond to all letters of inquiry within 4 weeks of submission.
4. If invited – and only if invited – you may submit a formal application and proposal to The Binky Foundation within the time period indicated by its invitation letter. It is preferred that a completed application be submitted by e-mail directed to us at email@example.com. Although e-mail is preferred, you can also submit a completed application and supporting materials by mail addressed to The Binky Foundation, Post Office Box 2807, New York, New York 10163. Mailed applications may take longer to process, but will eventually be given the same consideration.
5. The Foundation will acknowledge receipt of applications by e-mail only, so mailed application packages should be sure to include valid e-mail addresses for the contact person or persons.
6. The grant application may be downloaded here: Grant Application >
7. The Grant Committee will consider completed applications for grants as funding and volume permits. Please note that an invitation to submit a formal grant application is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded.