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Application Guidelines

What we fund

The Open Wing Alliance provides one-year grants of up to USD 50,000 in support of institutional cage-free and broiler welfare campaign work. We do not currently fund projects outside of this scope. Due to our non-profit status, we are unable to fund legislative work or election-related activities. We do not provide funding for conferences, for the operation of cage-free facilities, or for any projects that involve the farming of animals. We fund broiler welfare advocacy only in countries that have already made significant progress on cage-free.

The majority of our grants prioritize funding full-time campaign and corporate relations staff positions. Grant funds also support costs associated with institutional campaigns, such as program expansion, travel, legal counseling, campaign materials, digital design, printing, and more. While some exceptions may be made, first-time grants will rarely be at the higher end of the range.

Who can apply

Applicants must be existing members of the Open Wing Alliance to apply for funding. There are no application fees. Membership in the Alliance requires an application, which must be approved prior to applying for a program grant. (For the upcoming grant cycle, organizations that are not yet OWA members must submit a membership application by October 5. Those that become members after this date will be eligible to apply for a grant the following year.)

Grant applications are open to all Alliance members, including those who are previous or current grant OWA recipients. Grant funds are limited, and membership in the Alliance is not a guarantee of funding. We prioritize funding groups that have little to no access to funding outside of our grant program. While organizations of any size may apply, please note that over half of our grant recipients have organizational budgets of less than $100,000. Funding requests from organizations with annual budgets over $500,000 are of lower priority for funding.

Grantmaking Process

Application deadline: November 3

Applications are accepted throughout the year and must be received by November 3. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday in your country, applications will be due by the next business day.

After Open Wing Alliance staff review all applications, we may invite selected applicants to a video meeting to further discuss their proposals and respond to any questions.

Grant decisions are made by a Grant Review Board that includes Open Wing Alliance staff members and the President of The Humane League. All candidates will be notified of the status of their applications in the first quarter of the year. The grant period will begin March 1 and last for one year.

The Open Wing Alliance publicizes short summaries of each grant on its website. All summaries are approved by recipient organizations before being posted.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are reviewed according to the following criteria. We do not expect all applicants to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to all of the questions below, but we have found that a greater number of ‘Yes’ answers results in stronger proposals. Do your best, and let us know if you have any questions!

Vision/Mission - Are the applicant’s mission and project proposal clear? Do they align with OWA’s focus on institutional cage-free and broiler welfare campaign work?

Resources - Does the organization have the capacity, a network, strong leadership, and access to the necessary resources to carry out the proposed project?

Expansion to neglected areas - Would funding this organization result in an expansion of cage-free campaign work in a country or region where this type of work is currently underrepresented?

Budget - Is the amount justifiable? Will the requested funds meet the needs of the proposal? Without OWA funding, what is the likelihood that this work would happen?

Practicality - Is the proposed plan feasible? Does the applicant present a strong argument and evidence to support the plan, along with an outline of a realistic implementation plan?

Measurement - Can the progress of the proposed project be measured, and has the applicant provided examples of how it will measure its progress?

Track record - Does the applicant have a strong track record, past success, or recommendations from trusted groups or individuals?

Impact - Is there the possibility for the project to impact chickens on a large scale? Have potential impacts been identified? (Examples of high-impact projects include: banning cages in an entire country; improving the welfare of a large number of animals; and expanding campaigns to strategic areas, etc.)

Adherence to OWA operating principles- Does the organization collaborate with others in its country/region or in the OWA? Does it act in a way that is collaborative, globally-minded, driven, and strategic?

How to Apply and What to Expect

If your organization is interested in applying for membership, please apply using this link. Your membership application must be approved before your organization applies for a grant.

Applicants must be existing members of the Open Wing Alliance to apply for funding. Please note the following dates:

  • October 5: Last date to apply for OWA membership in time to qualify to apply for a grant this year. This deadline is only applicable to organizations that are not already OWA members. Organizations that apply for membership after this deadline will not be eligible to apply for a grant this year and must wait until the following year.
  • November 3: Application deadline for program grants. This deadline applies to everyone: previous applicants, previous grant recipients, newly-approved OWA members, and organizations applying for program funding for the first time.

In order to maintain an equitable application process, we require that all grant submissions be received by November 3. All applications received after the deadline will be held for consideration in the subsequent grant cycle. We reserve the right to offer an extension for the grant application deadline in extenuating circumstances; if you find yourself in such a situation, please contact to discuss your options.

Grantee Requirements & Responsibilities

All selected grant recipients will be required to sign a formal grant agreement and provide a document outlining their annual campaign goals. Grantees are required to submit quarterly progress reports and participate in a minimum of three video meetings with Open Wing Alliance staff throughout the grant period: after the first month, at six months, and at the end of the grant period. The purpose of these meetings will be to set goals and track progress as well as to provide additional support to grantees as needed.

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