USA Equestrian Trust Opens Grant Program for Nonprofits

USA Equestrian Trust Opens Grant Program for Nonprofits

The USA Equestrian Trust has announced that it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine nonprofit organizations for its 2016 grants program.

To submit an application, visit and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS nonprofit 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 2016 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on May 2.

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.

Past funding recipients include:

  • The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust: $12,000 was awarded in 2014 to launch a series of educational videos and podcasts, which can be viewed at "The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust and the American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance are extremely grateful for the support of the Trust," said Executive Director Julie Broadway. "The response has been amazing with over 25,000 views. Outreach through content in this format and medium is really engaging people of all ages and interests."
  • The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation: $50,000 was awarded in 2015 to fund a series of barn renovations at the Kentucky Horse Park. "The park has 21 original stabling barns—some over 30 years old—in varying need of renovation," said Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Executive Director Laura Klumb. "Some need to be razed and rebuilt from the ground up, while others need less intensive work. The Trust's lead grant helped launch the campaign for this important effort and provided the critical funding needed to renovate our first barn, which will serve as a show piece for the entire project."
  • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln: $29,100 was awarded in 2013 to create online educational materials for eXtension HorseQuest and My Horse University. The six new mini-courses and webcasts include such topics as pasture-associated laminitis, equine herpesvirus-1 and dealing with sales fraud in the industry. "Over 2,000 individuals have taken the courses, and there have been over 5,000 views of the accompanying webinars," said Kathy Anderson. PhD, Extension horse specialist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. "This equine educational program, made possible by the USA Equestrian Trust grant, is enabling horse owners to make more informed decisions, as well as adapting new horse care management practices to ensure healthier, sounder horses for long-term use."

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and 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.

Individuals with questions about applying should e-mail

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