The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes:
- to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and
- to research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.
To apply for an Animal Protection grant:
Prior to submitting a proposal, the Animal Protection Program Director must be contacted by telephone or email to discuss the proposed project. This should be done after reviewing the funding priorities and guidelines for the Animal Protection Program and the Eligibility Requirements.
If the proposed project falls within the program’s funding criteria and priorities as well as meets the eligibility requirements, the grantseeker will then be invited to submit a complete proposal for full Board review.
The following twelve elements are required for the application process for grantseekers within the United States:
- Fact Sheet
- cover letter signed by the Chief executive officer
- Most recent copy of the IRS determination letter which grants the organization federal tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization
- The most recent financial statements (audited, if any)
- The most recent copy of the 990 IRS information return, if any
- Brief history of organization seeking support
- Statement of goals and purposes, mission and vision
- Brief biographies of key personnel with proposed project
- List of board of directors and officers of the organization
- Detailed description of the project with dollar amount requested.
- Annual operating budget and project budget
- Plan of work to complete the project and amount of time needed for completion
For international grantseekers all guidelines remain the same as US applicants except for the following:
- International grant applicants must show proof of charitable status from the country in which they are registered.
- If funded, international grantees will be required to accept the United States Internal Revenue Service’s regulations and requirements of Expenditure Responsibility which will be explained in detail in the grant contract.
- International grantseekers may e-mail their proposals to *protected email*. Be sure and place in the subject line of the e-mail “Animal Protection Grant Application.”
If the funding request is not for the entire amount needed for the project, a plan should be included to describe how the project will be completed.
Since it is able to respond favorably to only a small percentage of applications, the Foundation discourages elaborate and expensive presentations.
No faxed or emailed proposals will be accepted. Incomplete proposals may be declined immediately.
No grants are made to individuals. Grants are not made for religious purposes or for projects relating to monuments or memorials.
All materials submitted to the Foundation, including videos, photographs and DVDs, will be retained in the permanent files of the Foundation.
The Foundation investigates and evaluates all projects and often conducts site visits.
Review dates: Proposals are currently reviewed three – four times a year. There are no deadlines so applicants may apply at any time. Upon receipt of application, grantseeker will be notified by e-mail when their proposal will be reviewed.
Interim reports required for:
- grants over $50,000
- multi-year grants
- grants not completed within one year
Final Reports: Required upon completion of project. Without a final report, a grantee may not receive future funding.
ALL PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO: The Summerlee Foundation 5556 Caruth Haven Lane Dallas, Texas 75225