COMING SOON: 2017 MEALS ON WHEELS LOVES PETS GRANTS
Most of us have heard anecdotally or seen firsthand the strong bond between seniors and their furry companions. With this in mind, our Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant program is intended to provide support to the Meals on Wheels programs nationwide that are providing pet food and other pet-related assistance to their clients’ pets. This funding can be used to offset some of the costs involved in implementing a new pet program or funding an existing pet program.
Need-based grant awards of up to $2,500 will be available to fund a variety of activities that help your clients feed or care for their pets. In 2016, Meals on Wheels America awarded $300,000 in pet assistance funding to 162 Member programs. The applications period for the 2017 grant cycle will open Friday, April 7.
Funding can be used for:
Funding cannot be used for:
- Pet food purchases, including prescription diet foods and treats
- Cat litter and other pet supplies
- Veterinary care, including medications, flea and tick preventive, spay/neuter, etc.
- Temporary boarding expenses
- Pet food storage rental
- Food storage bins and storage bags
- Gas grants for volunteers to deliver pet food
- Operating expenses
- Administrative costs
- Office supplies
Only Meals on Wheels America Member programs in good standing throughout the grant review period are eligible to apply for and receive a 2017 Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant. For more information on the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/petassistance.
*To be eligible for any Meals on Wheels America funding, your program must be an active Member