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Lauren Malmberg Prairie States Conference Scholarship

Can't fit Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference into your budget this year? The IAWF offers the Lauren Malmberg Prairie States Conference Scholarship! The Illinois Animal Welfare Federation will award up to five scholarships to the 2022 Prairie States Conference to those associated with an animal shelter or animal control. These scholarships will cover conference registration and three room nights at the hotel. The conference registration includes most meals.  Simply complete the online application by April 15th. Preference will be given to first-time attendees. Please only submit one scholarship application per agency.  Recipients will be notified by May 6. Questions? Contact grants@iawf.net.

Join us at 21st annual Prairie States Animal Welfare ConferenceJune 5-8, 2022 in Bloomington, Illinois. Click here for more information. 

Robin Sweeney Memorial Scholarship

Robin Sweeney, a founder of the Good as Gold golden retriever rescue organization, was a well respected member of the Illinois rescue community.  Robin served on the IAWF Board of Directors for 5 years and was passionate about providing professional education opportunities to her colleagues working in rescue throughout the State of Illinois and beyond. To honor Robin’s memory, the IAWF will award one scholarship to a representative of an animal rescue organization for attendance at the 2022 Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference. The scholarship will cover conference registration and three nights at the hotel. The conference registration includes most meals. To apply, complete the online application by April 15th. Preference will be given to first-time attendees. Please only submit one scholarship application per agency. Recipient will be notified by May 6. Questions?  Contact grants@iawf.net.

Join us at 21st annual Prairie States Animal Welfare ConferenceJune 5-8, 2022 in Bloomington, Illinois. Click here for more information. 

IACA Dr. Donna Alexander Scholarship

The Illinois Animal Control Association is excited to announce that they will be providing two scholarships this year to attend the 2022 Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference. Each scholarship will cover the full 3 day registration, which includes most meals. The only qualification is that you must be an employed by an Animal Control Agency that is a member of IACA. Any agency that is interested in an application should contact Kari Laird at klaird@k3county.net . The applications are NOT limited to one person per agency. The deadline to submit the application is April 8. The IACA board will draw the winners during Animal Control Officers week and the winners will be notified on April 16. Please note that each winner is responsible for the hotel and travel portions of the conference.

Emergency Grant Funding

Suffering through a catastrophic event at your shelter?  The IAWF offers immediate assistance to animal shelters and animal control facilities that have experienced a significant event damaging or negatively impacting their shelter building or grounds.  If your agency is an Illinois Department of Agriculture licensed animal shelter or animal control facility, you can apply to the IAWF for financial aid to help you through this type of crisis.  Your request will be reviewed quickly and, if approved, funds will be forwarded as quickly as possible.  To submit a request, email grants@iawf.net with a description of the emergency, the number of animals and staff affected, and a list of your immediate needs.  Please indicate the amount of funding you require and how the money will be used.  The IAWF reserves the right to limit awards based on available funding.  Recipients will be required to submit a report describing the use of funds within one year and will be asked to return unused or reimbursed funds to the IAWF.

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