AQHA Adds to America's Horse Cares Grant Program

Beginning in 2012, an important addition will be made to the criteria for the America's Horse Cares grant program. The AHC grant program supplies funding for therapeutic horseback riding facilities that provide equine assisted activities and therapy.

The new criteria for the AHC grant program will offer funding for continuing education of instructors, therapists, employees or volunteers of eligible facilities. In the past, the AHC grant program solely provided scholarship and equipment funding requests. 

  • Organization must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  • Organization must be in existence for three years or more and seek support for enhancement of an existing program or project;
  • Organization must be a premier accredited center through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International or have at least one PATH International certified instructor.

Funding is available for non-academic coursework offered through PATH International, an AQHA alliance partner. Coursework may include upcoming conference activities or other experiential training specializing in the individual's equine assisted activities and therapy field of choice.

Upon completion of the coursework, organizations must provide proof of attendance and/or course completion. Failure to provide such documentation will result in probationary action.

The updated AHC application and guidelines are currently available at a href="http://" target=_blank> The deadline to submit an application is March 1.

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