License Plate Grants

“I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grants

Municipalities and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive funds for spay and neuter programs.  The grant program operates on an annual cycle. Typically the grant application process documents are available on our website in late winter, and the submission deadline is approximately two months later, in early Spring .

Funding requests received through grant applications in 2016  totaled $395,000. Based on license plate sales we were able to award $177,500 – just less than half of the dollars requested. Click here to see a list of the applicants who were awarded grant funding in 2017.

MAC is pleased to announce that the application cycle for 2018 grant awards is now open!

Below are the documents that pertain to grant applications. We encourage applicants to please read the 2018 grant requirements and do not assume the grant application is exactly the same. Note that the submission deadline for those documents we require to be submitted via email to us (electronically) this year is April 2, 2018. The deadline for documents that we required in hard copy this year  is POSTMARKED by April 2, 2018.

There are four documents that pertained to 2018 grant applications, as follows:

  1. MAC-2018-LP-Grant-Application-Instructions – Final rev 3.21.18
  2. MAC 2018 – LP Grant Organization Profile
  3. MAC 2018 – LP Grant Application
  4. MAC 2018 – LP Grant Organizations In Good Standing

The fourth document explains the new “Organizations in Good Standing” eligibility requirements for 2018 License Plate grant applicants.

A five member Grant Awards committee  reviews grant application packages and makes recommendations for funding.  On the task force are an animal control officer, a veterinarian, a MAC member, and two members of the shelter and rescue community. Grants are for a specified term, not to exceed one year.  The criteria that is used to evaluate proposals include:

Goal/Scope: The proposal should state the specific problem the grant funds will be used to address. The proposal should contain specific goals and demonstrate how those goals will be met and how the targeted animal population will be impacted. Proposals that focus on feral cats should specify how attempts will be made to impact the entire colony/population/community.

Need: The proposal should convey a good understanding of a particular need in the targeted area and adequately describes how the proposed project addresses it.

Project Design: The project should define and quantify the pet overpopulation problem in your community, be well thought out and present a clear method/strategy to reduce pet overpopulation. Successful proposals will document the particular overpopulation sources in the community targeted, and clearly define a plan to address those issues in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Proposals should pay special attention to pediatric spaying and neutering, and spaying and neutering all animals prior to adoption to prevent these often overlooked contributions to pet overpopulation. Programs that use vouchers/certificates should explain how they determine who receives funding and how a co-pay or deposit is determined, and the specific steps taken to ensure and track compliance.

Collaboration: The proposal should consider any possible collaboration (with animal shelters, Animal Control Officers, rescue organizations, veterinarians, and educational outreach providers) that can effectively help reach the proposal’s goals, provide additional services, or lower the cost of surgery per animal. A letter of support for the project must be provided from each partner or collaborating organization listed in the project application. 

Assessment:  Proposal should explain what measurable criteria will be used to determine if your organization reaches its objectives. How will you measure the success of your proposed program?

Continuation/Leverage: The proposal should address how the applicant will continue its project after the grant term. Explain any collaborative efforts or other revenue sources that will be sought to continue your work.

Promotion of the License Plate: The success of the “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Program and the amount of money available to fund grant projects depends directly on the number of plates sold.  Participation of grantees in efforts to market the plates is crucial.

It is important to build an awareness about the role of the “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Program in funding spay/neuter surgeries throughout the state.  With this is mind tell us how you will create an awareness linked to your project so that your clients understand that you are able to provide the services in your project thanks to the funding from the sales of the license plate.  Clients can be individual pet owners, colony caregivers, shelters, rescues, animal control programs and your community at large.

MAC 2017 Grant Award Recipients – Final Report Requirements

Recipients of a 2017 MAC “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate grant award are required to submit final report information. The 2017 final report must be received from grant recipients by MAC no later than July 15, 2018.

NOTE: If you are applying for grant funding again in 2018, you must include a copy of your 2017 final report with your 2018 grant application. If you have not yet completed spending your grant funds by the application submission date, your final report should contain information based on your project spending to date and an explanation as to when you expect to complete your project.

The 2017 final report is broken down into three distinct documents. They are: