Don’t miss the deadline to apply for USA Equestrian Trust grants

Equine non-profits must submit applications by Monday, May 4

 

April 28, 2015 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s ® 2015 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profits are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at http://www.trusthorses.org.

In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund almost 20 projects. The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes proposals for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 4.

Funding available for grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

USA Equestrian Trust opens 2015 grants program for equine non-profits

Applications due Monday, May 4

 

March 18, 2015 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust ® is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2015 grants program. In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund nearly 20 projects.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2015 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 4.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

 
CALIFORNIA DRESSAGE SOCIETY — SACRAMENTO VALLEY CHAPTER: $5,000 was awarded in 2014 to support PSS University, a two-day equine educational event in Northern California.

“With the support from the Trust, we were able to make this opportunity available to the whole community at no charge,” said event organizer Dr. Ellie Johnson. “It was a fantastic series with lectures from nine knowledgeable professionals on subjects ranging from acupuncture to saddle fitting.”

 
HARNESS HORSE YOUTH FOUNDATION: $500 was awarded in 2014 to fund field trips during a summer youth camp.

“HHYF programs are always in need of financial assistance, so when we received a grant from USA Equestrian Trust, we were honored and put it to good use in our Leadership Program,” said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “The grant allowed the older teenagers to participate in educational field trips to both a Standardbred nursery and a veterinary clinic in hopes of opening their eyes to the diversity of professional opportunities available.”

 
MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: $37,164 was awarded in 2014 to help its Equine Safety & Ambulance Program purchase a new truck and replace a mannequin horse used for training. Named Lucky II, the mannequin is used to educate first responders and horse owners about emergency equine rescue and the safe transport of large animals.

“In 2015, the MSPCA’s equine ambulance team will travel more miles and conduct more trainings than ever before,” said Roger Lauze, manager of the Equine Safety & Ambulance Program. “By funding Lucky II and the purchase of a new truck, USA Equestrian Trust has made possible the training that will help keep countless horses safe.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

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Equine non-profits granted nearly $300,000 by USA Equestrian Trust

Next grant application period opens early 2015

 

June 17, 2014 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust ® has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to help fund more than a dozen projects by equine non-profits. Since the inception of the Trust’s grants program, the organization has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants.

The projects funded as part of the grant application period ending in May were:

 

AMERICAN MORGAN HORSE EDUCATIONAL CHARITABLE TRUST ($44,500) to develop an online home school module that teaches courses through horsemanship and to purchase online testing software, which can also be used in other programs. Additional funded projects include researching new programs to engage youth and launching a series of educational videos and podcasts.

CALIFORNIA DRESSAGE SOCIETY — SACRAMENTO VALLEY CHAPTER ($5,000) to support PSS University, a two-day equine educational event in Northern California.

EQUUS FOUNDATION ($5,050) to expand its Equine Welfare Network online database that allows website visitors to search for equine organizations near their homes. With the expansion, the database will include information on equestrian sport and recreational horseback riding facilities, as well as colleges and universities offering equine studies programs.

HARNESS HORSE YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. ($500) to offer field trips during a summer camp held at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.

HEALING HORSES & ARMED FORCES ($15,600) to assist its equine therapy program for veterans.

MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ($37,164) to help its safety and ambulance program purchase a new truck and replace a mannequin horse used for training.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP INTERNATIONAL ($17,700) to webcast educational sessions from its annual conference so they can be viewed by members unable to attend.

SACRAMENTO AREA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION ($5,000) to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and low-budget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for Hunter/Jumper activities in California and Nevada.

USEF EQUINE HEALTH RESEARCH FUND ($74,706) to support research projects at Auburn University, University of California and The Ohio State University. The projects examine the effect of arena surfaces on the fore and hind limbs of jumping horses, the impact of mare behavioral drugs on foal performance and fertility, and the use of intravenous magnesium sulfate in horses.

USEF U.S. SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION WORLD CUP AND YOUNG RIDERS TEAMS ($90,000) to assist the teams in attending events from 2015 to 2017. The Trust previously provided funding to support the U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup team’s 2012 victory in South Africa, as well as the upcoming 2014 World Cup hosted in the United States. This funding will support the team at the 2016 Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup that’s expected to be held in South Africa. The grant will also support the 2015 and 2017 Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams, which develop riders for future World Cup competitions.

The Trust’s next application period will begin early in 2015. Equine non-profits wishing to make a request for funding during that application period will be required to fill out the online application form at http://trusthorses.org. To be notified once the application period has opened, please email grants@trusthorses.org.

Deadline nears for USA Equestrian Trust grants program for equine non-profits

Applications due Monday, May 5

 

April 15, 2014 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s ® 2014 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at trusthorses.org. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 5.

In 2013, the Trust awarded nearly $265,000 to help fund more than a dozen projects. The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUBS: $9,855 was awarded in 2012 to help create a traveling display that serves as an interactive, educational experience for children.

“The United States Pony Clubs develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies,” said Shelley Mann, director of marketing and communications. “Through the grant received from USA Equestrian Trust, The United States Pony Clubs is now able to reach out at a grassroots level to bring the magic of horses to youth through interactive fun and a hands-on approach that will hopefully lead participants to a future with horses.”

AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL: $5,000 was awarded in 2013 to support the group’s annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry.

“We appreciate the significant support we received from USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Danette McGuire. “These are the kinds of investments that allow the American Youth Horse Council to help kids connect through horses by providing a cost-effective educational symposium for youth and youth leaders who represent all aspects of the equine industry.”

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK FOUNDATION: $25,000 was awarded in 2013 to assist in the creation of dedicated horse paths at the Kentucky Horse Park to enhance safety for horses and riders.

“The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation was able to meet our fundraising goal for constructing the All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path due in large part to the generous support of USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Laura Klumb. “We are delighted that the Trust’s commitment to equestrian sport dovetails with the Kentucky Horse Park’s commitment to ensuring the safety of horse and rider. The All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path allows the Kentucky Horse Park to ensure the safest environment possible for the thousands of horses and riders that compete here on an annual basis. We are very grateful.”

All Trust grant applicants must submit a proposed budget for their projects along with copies of their IRS determination letters and most recent IRS Form 990. If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

Funding available for grants includes $46,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.
 

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