Deadline for USA Equestrian Trust Grants is May 5

Deadline for USA Equestrian Trust Grants is May 5

There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust's 2014 grants program. Internal Revenue Service- (IRS) registered equine nonprofit organizations are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at The deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT on 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.

Some past recipients of trust grants include:

  • The United States Pony Club received $9,855 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."
  • In 2013 the American Youth Horse Council received $5,000 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."
  • Also in 2013, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation received $25,000 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 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 email

Funding available for grants includes $46,500 reserved for hunter/jumper nonprofit 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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