United Spay Alliance is proud to offer Community Cats Grants to support spay/neuter programs for community cats.

Formerly managed by Community Cats Podcast, the Community Cats Grants program was designed to help small organizations build their fundraising capacity to help even more cats.

Grants are targeted toward grassroots TNR groups, rescue organizations, and low-cost spay/neuter providers.

There are two grant cycles per year. In 2024, application deadlines will be:

  • Spring/Summer: Applications for the spring/summer cycle are due by March 31.
  • Fall/Winter: Applications for the fall/winter cycle are due by August 31.

This is a matching grant opportunity. If selected, grantees must create and implement a brand-new fundraiser. Grantees must raise $2,000 (net) to receive a matching grant of up to $2,000 from United Spay Alliance.

More information

Funding must be used to support spay/neuter programs for community cats.

Funds may be used to offset the costs of spay/neuter surgery for individual cats or support the overall spay/neuter program (e.g. purchasing surgical equipment or clinic supplies).

Funding cannot be used for unrelated medical costs.

Funding cannot be used to purchase traps for TNR. 

The definition of a community cat is “any cat from a targeted area that is free-roaming.” If a cat is outdoors and unsterilized, it is considered a candidate for funding.

Those participating in the Community Cats Grants Program must attend monthly support calls throughout the fundraising period and submit reports in a timely manner.

Prior grant recipients are welcome to re-apply for the grants program if they have a new fundraiser in mind. Given the volume of applications we receive, however, priority may be given to groups who have not received funding before.

We hope to fund as many qualified applicants as possible, but we do have limited funds each year. We are grateful for the donations we receive, which allow us to continue our work to promote affordable, accessible spay/neuter services throughout the United States.

The ideal applicant:

  • is a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • is a small, grassroots organization with annual revenue which does not greatly exceed $150,000
  • has claimed and updated their organization’s Guidestar profile with current information
  • has been in operation for at least two full years
  • has an established, active trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for community cats
  • does NOT routinely combo test community cats (test them for FIV/FeLV)
  • enforces spay/neuter before adoption (if they have an adoption program), including pediatric spay/neuter beginning at two months or two pounds
  • will embrace the opportunity to create a brand-new fundraising event with the support of United Spay Alliance and other grantees

Other considerations:

  • availability of TNR information on the website and social media
  • responsiveness to calls and emails
  • prior participation in the Community Cats Grants program

Ready to Apply?

Applications submitted for consideration in March will receive a response by the end of April. Applications submitted for consideration in August will receive a response by the end of September.

Please submit only one application per organization. Do not reapply or enter duplicate information. If you have questions or would like to check the status of your application, please contact us via our contact page and we’ll be happy to help you.

Community Cats Grant Application

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Please share URL/link to Facebook page.
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Organizations must have claimed and updated their profile on Guidestar.org to be eligible for the Community Cats Grants Program. Visit this link for more information on claiming your Guidestar profile: https://help.guidestar.org/en/articles/3382584-how-to-claim-your-nonprofit-profile
Do you have a TNR Program?*

If you do not have a TNR program, enter N/A.
Do you have access to low cost spay/neuter?*

This should be one number.
Do you spay/neuter before adoption?*

Do you routinely combo test feral cats?*

For example, would you use the money to subsidize spay/neuter surgeries? Purchase equipment for a clinic? Other?
Community Cats are cats that are outdoors-four paws on the pavement. They may be feral or friendly on owned or public property.
1 being, "I'm very uncomfortable." and 10 being, "I'm an expert!"
We periodically send updates about our grant program in our weekly email newsletter.

Community Cats Grants Overview and Cool Tools

From October 15, 2022 @ Online Fundraising Day
Community Cats Grants program manager, Brianna Lovell Myers, talks about the 2023 grants program, things to know about the application process, and shares some creative ideas and tools anyone can use to support their fundraising efforts.

Plus, check out the bonus video where Bri brings us details about another cool tool – ChatGPT! She’ll explain how your organization can use it to save time on everything from social media posts to cat descriptions.

Grants Program Graduates

We’re proud to have worked with almost 200 organizations through the Community Cats Grant program – some of them more than once!

Alabama Chained Dogs Rescue
God’s Feral Felines
Feral Cat Warriors, Inc.
Happy Tails
Jins Bottle babies
Paws Patrol
Pets In Need Action League
We Care for Animals
Cat Network of Stanislaus
Feral Change
Operation Creek Cat / YoloSPCA
Saving Ferals
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
Trap Neuter Return Riverside
Visalia Feral Cat Coalition
Ark Valley Humane Society
No Feline Left Behind
Fix and Feed North Haven
Protectors of Animals
Cats Angels SPCA
Elinore’s Dream/Operation Catsnip
Emma Feline Foundation, Inc.
Fortunate Ferals
Meow or Never for Ferals
Polk No Kill Coalition, Inc.
Spay & Neuter Nation, Inc.
Carpathia Paws
Fayette Humane Society
Full Circle Rescue
Hands for Paws
Islands Feral Cat Project
Meow or Never
Paws Humane Society
Planned Petted of GA
Tabby Tales Rescue
Kauai Community Cat Project
PETFIX Spay and Neuter
Hamilton County Animal AdvoCATes
Whiskers TNR of Warren County
Benewah Humane Society
Feral Fixers
Whiskers and Tails Foundation

Kitty Pawtrol
Paws, Prayers and Promises
Randolph County SPCA
Spay Today Inc
Happy Paws
Joining Forces Saving Lives
TNR North Platte
Central Jersey Animal Rescue
Communities Promoting Animal Welfare NJ
Companion Animal Trust
Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter
Homeless Tails
Karma Cat & Zen Dog Rescue
Lawns To Laps
Save the Animals Rescue Team
Homeless Animal Rescue Team of New Mexico
All About S/N, Inc
Allegany County TNR
Animal Kind
Every Cats Dream
Feline Advocates Coming Together
Humane Society of Port Jervis
Mama Chris Animal Rescue Inc.
North Country Pet Adoption Services
Pawsz and Purrz Animal Rescue
Puppy Kitty NY City, Inc.
Salem’s Community Cats
Animal Protection Network
Batta Cats
Euclid Beach [Feral] Cat Project
MoCo Kitty Kontrol
MoCo Kitty Kontrol
Tulsa TNR
Cat Rescue & Adoption Network
Feral Cat Awareness Team
Animal Friends
Cat Aid Network
Kitty Queen Cat Rescue
Project MEOW
S/N Indiana PA Pets
Stray Cat Relief Fund
Bikini Beach Cat Rescue
For the Love of a Paw
Pet Peeps Rescue
Animal Shelter of Sullivan County
Focus on Cumberland County Animal Shelter
Kitty City

Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers
Lucky’s Cat House
Macon S/N Assistance
Memphis Pets Alive
Munford Spay Neuter Clinic
Smith County Humane
Spay Memphis
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance
West Tennessee Spay Neuter Coalition
Bastrop Cats
Bastrop Cats Anonymous TNR Society- Bastrop Cats Inc
Corinne Smith Animal Center
Fix West Texas
Friends of Arlington Animal Services
Grand Prairie Cat Crew
Kitty’s Purrsuit of Happiness
Mid-Cities Community Cats
Milam Touch of Love
Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas
S/N Incentive Program
San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition
South Padre Island Friends of Animals
Tomball SOS
Central Virginia Regional Rescue
Dewey Animals, Inc
For the Cat’s Sake
Frankin County Humane Society / Planned Pethood
Goochland Community Cats
Humane Society / SPCA Nelson County
Humane Society Shenandoah County
Lost Fantasy Stables & Animal Rescue Inc.
Loudoun Community Cat Coalition
Madison Community Cats
Northern Accomack Community Cats
Peninsula Pet Pantry
Prevent a Litter Veterinary Hospital
Purrs & Whiskers
Twin County Humane Society
The Feline Connection
Urban Cats
Animal Outreach Project
Appalachian Peace Paws Rescue
Operation Fancy Free Inc
Save a Kitty Feral Cat
Trapper Girls Community Cat Coalition
Laramie Animal Welfare Society- LAWS
Small Town Comm Cats

Animal Outreach Shelby County
Catsnip Etc.
Cause 4 Paws
Cause 4 Paws
Cause 4Paws Gary
Independent Cat Society
Indy Neighborhood Cats
Johnson County Community Cats
Meow Mission
The Independent Cat Society
Friends of Felines KS (FOFKS)
Pawprints on the Heartland
Topeka S/N Project
Kentucky Kitty Cats
Lawrence County Humane Society
One Cat at a Time / Save Grayson Cats
Operation Catsnip of KY
Tri-State S/N
SB Community Cat Assistance Project
Animal Dreams
Cat Connection
Rehoboth Animal Advocates
Cats R Us
Community Cat Coalition
Laurel Cats
Purr Haven
Rock Creek Cats
Community Cats of Benzie Co
Community Spay Neuter Initiative Partnership (C-SNIP)
Mystery’s Haven Inc.
Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue
Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren
Camp Companion, Inc.
All About Pet Brigade
Boone County Animal Care
Gateway Pet Guardians
Meow Mission Inc.
NAWS S/N Clinic
St Louis Feral Cat Outreach
Feral Feline Coalition
Homeless Animals Relief Project
Homeless Animals Relief Project (HARP)
Pink Pawz Spay Neuter
Haywood S/N