Animal Welfare Grant Opportunity

The IAWF announces a new Animal Welfare Grant opportunity for member organizations.  Applications are now being accepted for two grants of up to $2,500 for projects that benefit the animals and people of Illinois.  Grant application period is February 1 - April 15.  Grants will be awarded by at the annual Prairie States Conference in June.  The IAWF is excited to offer this new member benefit!  Let us help you do even more for the animals—apply today!

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 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.

Lauren Malmberg Prairie States Conference Scholarship

Can't fit Prairie States Conference into your budget this year?  The IAWF announces the Lauren Malmberg Prairie States Conference Scholarship! The Illinois Animal Welfare Federation will award up to five (5) scholarships to the 2017 Prairie States Conference.  These scholarships will cover conference registration and three (3) room nights at the hotel.  The conference registration includes most meals.  Simply complete the online application by April 15.  Preference will be given to first-time attendees.  Winners will be notified May 1. Please one scholarship per agency.  Questions? Contact

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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 2017 Prairie States Conference.  The scholarship will cover conference registration and three (3) nights at the hotel.  The conference registration includes most meals.  To apply, complete the online application by April 15.  Winners will be notified May 1.  Only one scholarship application per agency will be considered.  Questions?  Contact

Join us at PSC 2017 June 5th-7th in Bloomington, Illinois. Click here for more information. 

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