Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design Issues Up to $8,000 in Matching Grants
Up to $74,000 in Matching Grants Have Been Awarded to Animals Shelters to Fund Needs Assessments
CINCINNATI, OH – The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design announced two animal shelters have been awarded matching grants to conduct needs assessments and/or fund architectural drawings. Each animal shelter has been awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000. Since its inception, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design has awarded up to $74,000 in matching grants to 19 recipients through nine rounds of applications.
Virginia Beach SPCA in Virginia Beach, VA was awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000 for a needs assessment to build a new facility that meets the specific needs of their region for shelter, veterinary care, wildlife rehabilitation, humane education, animal training and community engagement. The growth in intakes and adoptions since the facility originally opened 30 years ago has brought increased disease risk, and limited space means there is not adequate quarantine for incoming animals. Animal intake has closed multiple times, reducing the number of animals who can be rescued and negatively impacting adoption success. A new facility is also needed to expand the clinic space and increase the availability of reasonably priced veterinary care for low-income families. They have selected Shelter Planners of America to conduct the needs assessment.
Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR was awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000 for a needs assessment to remodel their existing facility. They have selected Shelter Planners of America to help update the shelter to accommodate the needs today, which are very different from how it was designed when it was built 23 years ago. Needs include more treatment areas, kennel areas designed for long-term stay and additional cat suites.
“A needs assessment and architectural plans provide the foundation as a critical first step in planning to build a new facility or remodel an existing shelter or rescue,” said Greg Taylor, Executive Director of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. “Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design matching grants help facilities fund this critical first step so that facilities are able to gain funding support and meet the needs of their community.”
The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching grants to animal shelters in the United States. The matching grants enable shelters across the United States to fund an initial needs assessment and architectural consultation, providing the hard data necessary to quantify the size and scope of the new facility or remodel, and to start the process correctly and professionally with schematic architectural drawings.
Shelters may apply at www.MasonAnimalFoundation.org. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, email info@MasonAnimalFoundation.org or call 937-780-1039. Mason Company established the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to enable animal shelters to work with architects and needs assessment providers on their project.
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