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Animal Welfare

Grant Making Process

The Foundation advances change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world for both animals and humans. We focus on three thematic programs that support work in the United States and globally. Please read more about our focus areas: Animal Welfare, Environment and Women’s Health, Fitness, and Welfare to see if you qualify.

We believe in a granting process that is appropriate for the size of the organization and grant inquiry amount. When larger grants and multi-year commitments are being contemplated, there is cause for a more rigorous analysis of the partnership and possible outcomes.

In general, our grant making process follows the pattern below. Deadlines for inquiries, applications, and reports can be found at the bottom of this page and also on the informational page for each of the forms.

Initial Research: Potential applicants read and review website materials to determine if they fall within our Eligibility Guidelines and meet our Diversity and Inclusion requirements. If during this phase, you have questions, please contact us at

Submit Inquiry Form: If you believe you are a good match for Giant Steps Foundation funding, please submit this brief Inquiry Form. You will receive a response from us to let you know about any necessary next steps.

Submit an Application: If directed by the Foundation, you may be asked to submit a Grant Application and supporting materials.

Review: Currently, Giant Steps Foundation makes the bulk of their grants at the end of each calendar year.

Reporting:  At the time the grant is awarded, grantees will receive a letter with reporting requirements and a link to the report form online. Reports are required if an organization wishes to be considered for future funding. If a nonprofit receives more than one grant, a separate report for each grant must be filed.

Deadlines for 2019:  

  • All grant inquiries should be made before May 1, 2019;
  • If requested, all applications should be submitted by July 31, 2019; and
  • All reports on 2018 grants are due by July 31, 2019.