IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations are invited to apply for a grant from the USA Equestrian Trust by going to trusthorses.org to fill out the online grant application. The deadline is May 7 at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
In 2011, the Trust granted nearly $200,000 to help fund 10 projects. Past recipients of grants include those doing equine health research, land conservation and educational programs. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.
Funding available for grants includes approximately $70,000 reserved for hunter and jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.
The May 7 deadline marks the conclusion of the first of two grant periods in 2012, as USA Equestrian Trust's board expanded the program this year. The second grant application period ends October 8.
"The board of USA Equestrian Trust felt it was crucial during this continued time of economic instability to expand our grants program to assist the many worthy equine non-profits in need of assistance. And while no charity can make grants to every deserving group, the Trust has significantly increased its giving since 2009 and hopes to continue to do so,” said USA Equestrian Trust President Alan F. Balch.
For the first round of grants this year, all grant applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than May 7. No late applications will be considered.
To learn more about USA Equestrian Trust and/or its grant program for equine non-profits, visit trusthorses.org.