Commonly Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design?
The purpose of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design is to help fund needs assessments or schematic drawings for shelters. The Mason Foundation has two primary goals:
First, too many shelters are in desperate need of a new facility or remodel and lack the knowledge and funds to properly start the process. These facilities needed a helping hand to get out of the gates pointed in the right direction. A quality needs assessment and/or schematic architectural drawings are two of the documents that organizations need at the start of the long process of building/remodeling that help maximize the chances of success.
Second, Mason Company has enjoyed a long and successful history as the oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of kennels, cattery and related equipment. The Mason Company sells to veterinarians and pet resorts as well as animal shelters, but the shelters have always been special to us because of the selfless dedication of staff and management of these not-for-profits and we wanted to help. Said more simply, Mason Company loves shelters and wanted to give back, and the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design helps achieve that mission.
How does the matching grant work?
The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching up to $4,000. For example, if the needs assessment totals $4,000, then the request for the grant is $2,000 and the organization provides the other $2,000. If the project total is $10,000, the request for the grant is $4,000 (the maximum amount) and the organization provides the remaining $6,000.
Why are the grants matching grants?
The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design made the deliberate decision to make its grants matching in order to insure that the grant winners have a modicum of resources to make a new facility or remodel a reality. A facility that lacks the ability to match the Mason Foundation's grant is unlikely to be able to marshal the resources, both financial and executive, to complete a remodel or new facility.
How can the grant funds be used?
Matching grant funds are provided to the architect or needs assessment firm of the winning organization's choice to be used toward a schematic drawings and/or a needs assessment. Matching grants will not be awarded for equipment, office furniture, normal operating expenses or maintenance costs, etc.. Grants are awarded prospectively not retrospectively, meaning if schematic drawings and/or the needs assessment are already complete, your organization will not be eligible to apply for the matching grant awards. If they are in process but not complete then your organization is still eligible.
I don't know any experienced firms that provide needs assessments or schematic drawings; can the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design help?
Yes, we can provide some names of experienced firms that are likely to help.
How often are grants awarded and when are the next awards due?
Grants are generally reviewed 3 times a year, in September, January and April.
If I don't receive a grant the first time I apply, am I eligible to be considered again for a future award?
As long as your organization is eligible to receive an award your organization can be considered, but the organization must submit the application for the new evaluation cycle. While this may seem like an unnecessary burden, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design needs to receive a new application to ensure the Mason Foundation has the most up-to-date information from all applicants so they can be judged on a level playing field.
Is there a time limit to accept and spend the grant?
Grant funds must be requested and utilized within six months of the date the organization was notified of the award. This time limit ensures the grant recipients are making progress on their project. The Mason Foundation for Animals Shelter Design wants to issue grants that will be used!
How do I request the grant?
Grants are paid directly to the architectural or needs assessment firm. When the final invoice is presented to the shelter, please contact the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. The Mason Foundation will request a copy of the invoice and remit the grant directly to the firm.
Do I have to be a 501c3 to be eligible to win?
Yes, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design can only award grants to 501(c)3 organizations.