Grants & Funding
The EQUUS Foundation Funding program primarily consists of its Transparency Awards. The EQUUS Foundation also provides funding in association with our awards program.
The purpose of the Transparency Awards is to encourage equine organizations to be transparent and accountable to the public through the disclosure of their equine care practices and to reward equine organizations that are operating at the highest standards for horse care.
Transparency Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and do not exceed 5% of an organization's operating budget. Transparency Awards are to be used to underwrite the costs associated with the care of horses, such as veterinary, dental, and farrier care, horse feed, supplements, bedding, horse gear, equipment, and supplies as well as alternative treatments and interventions.
Only organizations that have received the "Guardian Seal of Transparency
in 2024 are eligible to receive Transparency Awards in 2024. The Guardian information serves as the grant application. Submission of a separate grant application is not required.
Priority is given to those organizations that receive the Guardian Seal of Transparency by April 30, 2024. However, financial support may be awarded to organizations that receive the Guardian Seal of Transparency after April 30.
The EQUUS Foundation has one of the most comprehensive and impartial verification processes to inspire donor confidence in the charities selected to receive grants each year. Financial support is provided only to those organizations that are both fully transparent & accountable to the public.
Financial support from the EQUUS Foundation is awarded based on the amount of funds raised by the EQUUS Foundation over the course of the year and the evaluation by the EQUUS Foundation of the merits of the organization's horse care practices, the needs of the organization and the organization's operating budget.
Any activity, including Equine Assisted Services (EAS), that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, must safeguard the comfort and dignity of America's horses and make the quality of life of our equine partners paramount.
For organizations that conduct EAS programs, the EQUUS Foundation awards financial support on the basis of the impact of the organization's EAS programs on the health and welfare of the equines involved and the organization's compliance in meeting the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines for Organizations Conducting Equine Assisted Services (EAS)
and not on an evaluation of the impact of an organization's EAS programs on the individuals involved.
A select group of charities are recognized as Horse Whisperer Award Recipients
each year by the EQUUS Foundation Board of Directors.