Grant Applications

Those eligible for Miccio Foundation grants in support of Iowa's animals will be organizations that have demonstrated commitment to animal welfare. Examples include, but are not limited to, private and governmental animal shelters, humane societies, rescue groups, volunteer foster organizations, and local animal control agencies. We will not support activities inconsistent with federal, state, or local laws/ordinances, and we reserve the right to request additional information prior to making funding decisions.

The Miccio Foundation's focus is to support organizations involved in animal welfare (501c3 status is required). Projects eligible for funding are those that will have an immediate, direct, and measurable impact on improving animal welfare in a target community. Grants can be for projects such as spay/neuter programs, facility renovation, medical care, humane education, caging, supplies, feed, and adoption support.

Projects of greatest interest are those that include:
  • renovating facilities to ensure the health and well-being of animals prior to adoption and/or improving the efficiency of overall daily operations
  • developing and sustaining alliances that may include sharing resources to accomplish specific activities, particularly spay/neuter, emergency transportation, and professional services
  • supporting areas of the state where resources for animals are limited or unavailable

Miccio awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Applicants may apply for either a Standard or Mini grant per funding cycle. In addition, applicants may apply for one Jean M. Walker grant per funding cycle.

Standard and Mini Grants

The Foundation awards Standard grants to organizations licensed by the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) as Pounds or Shelters. Typically, Standard Miccio grants are funded at $3,500. Standard grant requests may not exceed $10,000.

Organizations with 501c3 status are eligible for the Miccio Foundation Mini grant of up to $1,500. An IDALS pound or shelter license is not required. In exceptional circumstances, grants of more than $1,500 may be funded. Contact the Miccio Foundation Board prior to submitting such an application. Please note that you must contact the Foundation each time you request an exceptional circumstance exemption.

Jean M. Walker Grant

The Foundation will award up to $2,500 for a Jean M. Walker grant to 501c3 organizations regardless of IDALS licensing. The Jean M. Walker grant is designed to raise public awareness about the humane treatment of animals. This grant will be awarded to individuals and organizations 1) providing educational programming on the humane treatment of animals and 2) taking action to end inhumane treatment of animals, particularly the abuse and suffering of companion animals bred under inhumane conditions.

Help with Getting a Grant

Help with getting a grant and other funding strategies from the Humane Society of the United States.

Submission Information

Mail seven copies of all your grant materials to the address shown below:

The Miccio Foundation
P. O. Box 522
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-0522

Application Deadlines

May 1 & November 1

Grant Applications