Battersea Grants

Battersea is committed to supporting other animal rescue organisations. We know that we can help more animals by working together with others than we can alone, especially in areas where the need is high but there is scarce resource and little public help.

We offer a range of grants to help successful applicants develop and deliver specific projects with measurable outcomes that will benefit dogs and cats. Our grants are available to any organisation, no matter how large or small.


Applying to Battersea is simple. This section provides everything you need to know about the application process, what to include in your funding proposal, how to submit your application and how long the process takes.

We appreciate that applying for funding is time consuming so we aim to make our process as simple as possible.

Please read our application guidelines carefully to ensure you have included all the information our Committee need to make an informed decision – this will speed up the decision process for you.

You may submit your application online through the GIFTS website and receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your application, giving you the comfort that we have safely received it. Applying online also enables you to save your proposal and share it with colleagues.

Please make sure you do the following before applying:

  1. Thoroughly read the so you know how to submit an online application. Make sure you have created your GIFTS account (as detailed in the guidelines) before starting your application. If you don’t then you will not be able to save your application and the information will be lost.
  2. Check that you are eligible to apply for funding and read the Application Guidelines thoroughly for each programme.
  3. Click the Apply now button below the relevant application guidelines when you are ready to start your application.

Read about our four funding programmes launched on Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Animal Partnership Programme

Please note – You must have had an initial conversation with the Animal Partner Manager who has recommended you submit an application. You will be asked for confirmation of this conversation as part of the application process.

Minimum Standards Programme

This programme is aimed at any rescue or shelter to help them work towards and attain the .

In order to proceed with an application you will need to provide either (a) or (b)

(a) For those who have already had an assessment you must provide the date on which the assessment was carried out and the name of the Assessor,
(b) For those who have yet to have their assessment you must provide your confirmed assessment date.

Without this information we will be unable to progress an application

Development programme

This Programme is open to all rescues / shelters (Including ADCH Emergency Fund recipients from Round One, Animal Partners, and Colleagues working in identified Countries) for grants of up to £15k, for a period of 6 months funded activity, to enable a rescue to look at recent learnings from the pandemic and put these into practice, as they look to the future and sustainability.

International strategic development programme

This programme is by invitation only – please do not start an application without having spoken first to Battersea.

Autumn 2020 TIMETABLE

2 SeptemberGrant programme launched
14 October12pm deadline for application form
15 October onwardsAssessment Period
Week commencing 16 NovemberPapers to Committee members
Week commencing 23 NovemberGrants Allocation Committee
Week commencing 30 NovemberApplicants informed of outcome and appropriate paperwork forwarded
January 2021Successful applicants having returned a signed Grant Agreement will receive their first payment and activity commences
June 2021Interim progress report due

Looking forward

Writing a winning Grant Application – Online one-day training course

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Suitable for anyone working in a UK based rescue who is involved in writing or putting together funding applications. This one-day on line workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to support you with the process.

  • Theory of grant management
  • The application process
  • Different types of funding streams.
  • If you would like to attend this course then please fill out the form to let us know you would like to learn more about Battersea Academy and a member of our team will be in touch.

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