Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund

Total grant dollars requested last cycle: $205,707
Total grant dollars awarded last cycle: $142,127
Percentage of proposals that received full funding: 47%
Percentage of proposals that received partial funding: 53%
Average grant size last cycle: $9,475
Maximum grant size: Organizations with annual budget of less than $500,000 can apply for up to $10,000. Organizations with annual budget of $500,000 or more can apply for up to $20,000.
Application deadline: June 1

Recent grants from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund

Notifications of grant decisions will be made in August.


The Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund, established in 2007 by an anonymous donor, supports organizations and programs that address population control for cats and dogs. The fund is further supported by the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee.


The Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund offers two types of grants: project and capacity building.

Project grants support activities and expenses related to population control or management, including:

  • Subsidy or voucher programs for low-income or elderly Maine residents
  • Education and outreach programs for cat and dog owners
  • Purchase or rental of medical or transport equipment when it is connected to a population control project or program with measurable goals.

Capacity building grants, also known as organizational development grants, support activities that strengthen an animal welfare organization and improve its overall operations, including:

  • Training for staff and/or volunteers, with a focus on improving volunteer management
  • Improving fundraising, financial, or general management
  • Expanding services and programs
  • Developing and implementing business plans
  • Improving board operations.


The Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund advisory committee will give priority to proposals that:

  • Have clearly defined targets or goals and a practical strategy to measure progress
  • Have the greatest potential to positively impact the community or the organization
  • Will be sustained after Maine Community Foundation funding ends
  • Include other sources of funding to support the proposed work
  • Address the cat overpopulation problem specifically.

Strong preference will be given to applicants that offer special or discounted programs to low-income and elderly pet owners.

Eligibility Requirements

The Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund seeks to directly support population management activities for cats and dogs in Maine. As such, it will not support:

  • Annual appeals, capital campaigns, or endowments
  • Equine programs
  • Training for service animals
  • Animal-assisted therapy programs
  • Purebred rescue efforts
  • Programs that transport adoptable animals from other states.

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. Grants cannot be used to pay for program expenses that have already been incurred.

How to Apply

Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the Grant Application box at the top right hand corner of this page. Online applications must be completed by June 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Reports are submitted through the online system. Select the Online Grant Application tab at the top of the web page and log into your account to access the form. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.


If you have any further questions regarding the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund, please contact Gloria Aponte Clarke by e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-0847.