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Golden Retriever Rescue Fund

The GRF provides special grants to rescue groups for specific organizational purposes.These Rescue Fund
Grants differ from the April Fund in that they are
intended to increase the efficiency and infrastructure
of a rescue group to allow it to thrive, rather than
paying for individual case expenses.

Policy of the GRF for Rescue Fund Grants

Three Questions the GRF Asks:

  • Is the request pertinent to the GRF's purposes?
  • Is the group creditable (giving evidence of outside financial support, best accounting and operating practices, successful with its mission, longevity, references, etc.?)
  • Does the GRF have funds available for the request?

Things to Consider:

  • Philanthropy that does not have demonstrable outside support becomes welfare or paternalism.
  • Funding operating expenses decreases a group's reliance on local support.
  • Large grants often work best if they grow out of relationships that are established by small grants.


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What the GRF does fund (but is not limited to):

  • Capital expenditures (kennels, phone line installation, etc.)
  • Infrastructure building (501(c)3 incorporation, etc.)
  • Jump starting well defined, fund raising projects
  • Public education projects with a specific focus
  • Expansion plans that increase a group's effectiveness
  • Emergency funds for natural disaster events and puppy mill closings

What the GRF does NOT fund:

  • General operating expenses for any group or individual (except April Fund grants)
  • Debt reduction
  • Wages or other financial enrichment of individuals or groups (except medical research studies)
  • Endowment funds
  • Grant requests from groups or individuals that show little or no other funding sources
    besides the GRF
  • Purchases at puppy mill auctions or dispersal sales.

What the GRF requires:

  • Completed GRF application form
  • Participation in GRCA's National Rescue Committee's annual survey, if the grantee
    is a Rescue group
  • 501(c)3 status for groups with requests in excess of $3,000
  • Grant money be used for the stipulated purposes
  • Report on the use of the grant, its effectiveness for the group and any other pertinent information. This report is to be filed with the GRF within a year of receiving the grant
  • Acknowledgment of the GRF's grant in appropriate grantee publicity

Note: Requests that show other financial support are preferred over requests that ask for 100% funding from the GRF.

Funding Cycles:

The GRF does not have specific funding cycles with grant request deadlines.

Additional Comments on Grants:

The GRF has tried to keep its policy broad in order to accommodate the variety of requests that come into the Foundation. It is the intent of the Foundation to be flexible in analyzing these requests and the applicants. The Directors recognize that there are many roads to Mecca. This is particularly true in Rescue. Groups grow out of their local conditions and this is part of each group's strength. However, there are certain minimal standards which the Foundation must apply to all applicants. These standards involve the fiscal responsibility and the reliability of the applicant. The Foundation is a public entity using public funds. Accountability to the public and to the IRS is part of the Foundation's responsibility.
If you are not sure how to fill out an application or whether your request falls within the guidelines, please contact us directly by e-mailing, writing or calling any of the directors. One of the GRF's purposes is to provide that help.

How To Apply for a Rescue Grant

General Procedure for Rescue Grants:

  • Fill out the appropriate grant form and send to the accompanying address.
  • After an application is submitted, further information may be requested of the grantee. All questions asked and answers submitted will be shared with the appropriate people within the GRF.
  • The GRF will contact the requester as to the action that the GRF has taken on the grant request.
  • If a grant is issued the grantee will return a signed acceptance letter to the GRF. GRF will mail a check to the grantee.

Note: The GRF will expect rescue programs seeking GRF support to have participated in the GRCA National Rescue Committee's Annual Survey, to submit a copy of that survey with their grant request or to authorize the GRF to obtain a copy of the submitted survey from the NRC. For new organizations not functioning during the previous survey year, GRF expects these organizations to be known to the NRC and to be listed on the State Listings of Rescue Programs ( ). This will be verified with the NRC.

Large and Small Rescue Grants:

  1. Please read the criteria for these grants under Types of Grants.
  2. Fill out the Rescue Group Grant Application. Here in DOC or PDF Format
  3. Send completed application to the GRF
  4. GRF Rescue Advisory Committee will review application and make recommendations to the GRF Board
  5. GRF will make a decision, notifying the GRF Rescue Advisory Committee of their decision.
  6. GRF notifies applicant of decision. Expected time frame for receipt of grant money: Large grants (over $3000) -- 60-90 days. Small grants (under $3000) -- 30 days.

Rescue Emergency Grants:

  1. Please read the criteria for Emergency Grants under Types of Grants.
  2. Requesting group notifies a GRF Board member with request. This request may be by phone or e-mail.
    Also, the Foundation requests that the group send to the GRF a completed Rescue Group Grant Application Here in DOC or PDF Format.
  3. The GRF Board will convene upon initial contact and will notify applicant of result. Expected timeframe for
    receipt of grant money: $4000 grant for natural disasters -- 1-5 days.
    $1000 grant for puppy mill closures -- 1-5 days

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