TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Animal Friend, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted cats and dogs throughout the state of Florida, announced their grant application process for 2017 is now available online. Grants are awarded to organizations from around the state that are striving to make a difference in the pet over-population problem by providing free or low-cost spay and neuter programs.
Each grant application is reviewed by Florida Animal Friend's Grant Review Committee and scored for strengths in the following areas: target of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers above the existing baseline, the cost-benefit ratio, the track record of the applicant and the applicant's sustainability. Once applicants make it past the Grant Review Committee, the Florida Animal Friend Board of Directors reviews applications.
"Over the past ten years, Florida Animal Friend has provided approximately $5,000,000 in funds to assist spay and neuter programs throughout the state," said Lois Kostroski, Executive Director of Florida Animal Friend. "We are excited to yet again offer grant opportunities to help these incredible organizations in Florida that are contributing to the pet-overpopulation problem in our state."
This past year, the Florida Animal Friend specialty license plate was re-designed with the goal to increase sales which, in turn, can provide more funds to the organizations' critical mission statewide.
Previous winners of Florida Animal Friend grants are invited to apply; however, they cannot apply during the year when they are completing a grant. The grant winners will be announced in August with funds being released to the winners in mid-to-late August. For additional information on how to apply, how funding is awarded and for examples of previous winners' entries, visit FloridaAnimalFriend.org. Applications are only available online and must be submitted electronically by 8 p.m. on April 1, 2017 for grant consideration.
ABOUT FLORIDA ANIMAL FRIEND
Incorporated in 2005, Florida Animal Friend's mission is to help save the lives of countless unwanted cats and dogs by supporting organizations that offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services across the state of Florida. The organization strives to reduce the pet overpopulation problem by increasing awareness of programs available to pet owners and homeless pets. Grants are awarded annually and are funded through the sale of the Florida Animal Friend license plates. For more, visit www.floridaanimalfriend.org.
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SOURCE Florida Animal Friend