California Animal Welfare Funders


What is the California Animal Welfare Funders Collaborative (CAWFC)?

Created in August 2019, the CAWFC brings together grant-makers to creatively and flexibly respond to the needs of animal shelters throughout the state of California. Funding members include Annenberg Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, Maddie’s Fund, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, California Community Foundation, and California for All Animals.

Our California animal shelters and the pets we care for need California-specific solutions. So, let’s make that happen.

2022 CAWFC Funding Opportunity

The California Animal Welfare Funder’s Collaborative is pleased to bring you additional information about this year’s grant cycle.

This year, we want to highlight all of the work, resilience and shifts your organizations have made over the last two years.

The grant application window will open Monday, March 28, 2022 and run through Monday, April 11, 2022.

Please see the information below to learn how your organization can qualify and apply for a grant from the collaborative.

Grant Requirements

  • Projects should propose innovative ideas in improving animal welfare, preserving human-animal connections, or launching lifesaving or field services programs.
  • New or expanded project that extends above or beyond your existing work.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Applications will also qualify if the project/program helped you pivot your response to challenges (staffing shortages, pandemic related operations, etc.) faced in the current animal welfare landscape.
  • Applicant must be a private or government shelter or animal control agency.
  • Note – Private or government shelters or animal control agencies may co-apply with a rescue organization, but the shelter/animal control agency must be the main applicant. If awarded and want/need your grant funds to be routed to your co-applicant please note that in your application.
  • There is no maximum amount an organization can apply for, but keep in mind the average CAWFC grant award. Last year’s grant awards ranged from $1,500 to $40,000 with the average gift being just under $11,000.
  • Grant cycle will begin July 1, 2022 and all funds must be spent by June 30, 2023.
  • Grantees will be required to submit quarterly reports noting amount spent and grant impacts.
  • Note – Current CAWFC 2021/2022 grant holders may apply.

    How to Apply

    Applications are open March 28 – April 11, apply here.

    Please send any questions about the grant process to

    CAWFC Funding Members