Grants

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What We Fund and Who Can Apply

The Open Wing Alliance provides one year grants up to $50,000 USD in support of cage-free campaign work. In certain circumstances, we are open to providing grants in support of broiler welfare campaign work as well. While we value all forms of animal advocacy, we are laser focused on institutional campaign work and do not fund projects that are outside the scope of our mission.

These grants can support a broad range of needs for institutional campaigns such as staff costs, campaign materials, travel costs, legal counseling, digital design and printing, programmatic expansion costs, and more. Most commonly, we fund full-time Campaigner and Corporate Relations positions.

These grants are only available for existing member organisations of the Open Wing Alliance. As our coalition of over 50 member organisations is constantly growing, we receive numerous grant applications and are unable to fund every project. However, one aspect of our program that separates us from other funders is our ability to provide guidance, resources, and training to support the high-impact campaign work of every OWA member group.

Grantmaking Process

Set application deadline

While organisations can submit a grant application through our website at any time, we only distribute one round of grants per year to ensure all OWA groups are given an equal opportunity. Each year, we set a deadline for OWA groups to submit grant applications to be considered for our next round of funding. This year, that deadline is October 31st, 2018. This date is communicated via email, Slack, our newsletter, and posted publicly on our website at least three months in advance.

Interview all applicants and make final decisions

To give applicants an opportunity to further explain their proposals and give all parties the opportunity to ask questions, we schedule 50 minute video meetings between the applicant and the Director of the Open Wing Alliance. Once all interviews are complete, we set a deadline to make our final decisions and respond to all applicants.

The Director of the Open Wing Alliance makes initial recommendations to share with the Grant Review Board along with all applications and interview notes. The Grant Review Board holds at least two meetings to discuss the recommendations and make final decisions based on our evaluation criteria described below. The Grant Review Board is comprised of the Director of the Open Wing Alliance, the Open Wing Alliance Membership Coordinator, the Open Wing Alliance Campaign Coordinator, the Vice President of Policy and Strategy, and the President of The Humane League.

For our next round of grants, we hope to make our final decisions and alert applicants in early 2019.

Announce grantees

Once we have received signed agreements from all grantee organisations, we publicly announce our newest round of grant recipients via a blog post and write-up pages on our website. Please note, all write-ups are approved by recipient organisation leadership before being posted.

Evaluation Process

As our coalition grows, we receive numerous requests for funding that exceed the budget that The Humane League has set aside to provide grants. When deciding which organisations to fund, we take the following criteria into account. Please note, organisations are not required to meet every single criteria listed to receive funding. Rather, we do our best to balance these factors and take them all into consideration when determining grant recipients.

Vision/Mission - The organisation’s mission and project proposal is clear, focused, and aligned with the goals of OWA

Resources - The organisation has the bandwidth, a network, strong leadership, and the ability to cultivate resources for the proposed project

Necessity - This role is lacking in a particular area, there are no other local groups currently working on this issue

Budget - The requested amount is reasonable, funds provided will meet the needs of the proposal, and the proposal is dependent upon funding

Practicality - The proposed plan is feasible. A strong argument and evidence to support the plan are provided along with an outline of a thoughtful implementation plan

Measurement - Progress of the proposed project will be measurable

References - A strong track record, past success, and recommendations from trusted groups or individuals

Impact - High potential impact; for example, potential to ban cages in an entire country, a large number of animals impacted, an area that could significantly aid in global efforts, or an area with a high likelihood of success

Tips for Submitting a Strong Application

Don’t miss the deadline!

Mark your calendar to ensure you submit your application on time. The deadline to submit applications for our next round of grants is October 31st, 2018. If you are unable to meet the deadline due to an emergency or conflicting event, email [email protected] to request an extension.

Ask yourself these questions

Make sure you set aside time to think through your proposed plan and provide us with as much detail as possible. In the section titled “Describe the activities this grant would support” you should be able to answer these questions:

  • Why do you want to pursue this project?
  • Is this project in line with the OWA’s mission?
  • What is the goal(s) of the project?
  • How will you achieve the goal(s)?
  • Why is funding necessary to carry out this project?

Provide a clear budget breakdown

To help us understand how you would allocate the requested funding, you should prepare a breakdown of the project budget. This can be done in a spreadsheet or in simple bullet points. For example:

  • $30,000 - Campaigner salary for one year
  • $5,000 - Travel costs for corporate meetings in the region
  • $3,000 - Campaign materials (banners, posters, leaflets, printing)
  • $3,000 - Legal counseling
  • Total: $41,000

How to Apply and What to Expect

If your organisation is interested in applying for a grant, or membership and a grant, please apply using this link.

If awarded funding, the Director of the Open Wing Alliance will deliver a formal agreement that must be signed by all parties. Once the agreement is signed, grantees are expected to provide a document outlining their annual campaigning goals and submit a quarterly progress report form. In addition, grantees will attend a minimum of three video meetings with the Director of the Open Wing Alliance throughout the annual grant period: one within the first 30 days to discuss annual plans, begin setting goals, and explain the program and expectations; one after six months to review your progress and troubleshoot any issues; and one at the end of the grant period to assess annual progress, give feedback about the process, and discuss next steps.

Still have questions? Send them to [email protected].

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