Because of you, pets
receive another chance
at life. Thank you.

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The BISSELL Pet Foundation recognizes the life-saving efforts of animal shelters and rescues of all sizes across the country. We aim to offer financial support for programs that align with our mission. Grants will be considered for organizations working to reduce the homeless pet population through:

  • Adoption
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
  • Foster care
  • Safety net programs

Although we recognize the value of each of our applicant’s work and want to help every organization, we do not always have the resources to do so. As a result, our grant program is highly competitive, and we have developed the following guidelines to help allocate our resources.

Please read the instructions and guidelines carefully. Your application will not be considered if it is incomplete, does not provide all required supporting documentation or requests funds for a restricted program and/or activity.

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To be considered for funding through a BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant, an organization must follow the BISSELL Pet Foundation Terms and Conditions and the following criteria:

  • Be incorporated as a nonprofit agency, recognized by the IRS as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), and qualified to do business in the state or territory in which they are located, or be a public (local government) entity
  • Be in operation for at least 1 year prior to applying for funding
  • Operate and be located within the 50 United States
  • Actively help to reduce the number of homeless animals in the community through pet adoption, spay neuter programs, microchipping, foster care and/or by providing safety net services that keep pets in their current homes
  • Be a member in good standing of the BISSELL Partners for Pets (P4P) program for at least 3 months prior to submission of application*
    – P4P member organizations are required to display the BISSELL Partners for Pets logo and LostPetUSA logo on their website as part of the Partners for Pets Terms and Conditions

* BISSELL Partners for Pets is a fundraising program designed to help rescues and shelters across the United States raise money. Visit to learn more and register your organization.


  • Organizations are eligible to re-apply for funding one year after the grant’s effective date
  • Past grant recipients must submit a grant report prior to applying for future funding


The BISSELL Pet Foundation will not fund the following activities and programs:

  • General Operating Expenses or Overhead (including payment of salaries or funding routine maintenance)
  • Professional Development for Staff
  • Advertising (including graphic design, printing and website development)
  • Fuel for Mobile Clinics or Animal Transfer Programs
  • Equipment Purchases
  • Reducing Deficits or Operational Deficiencies
  • Fundraising or Special Events
  • Start-Up Organizations (organizations in operation for less than 1 year)
  • Grants to Specific Individuals or Individual Animals
  • Wildlife or Marine Life Rehabilitation or Rescue
  • Political Activities
  • Capital Campaigns and/or Large Building Projects

Review Schedule

Below is the 2016 BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant Review Schedule. Please note dates are subject to change. Applications must be SUBMITTED and complete by 11:59pm EST the day of the posted deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Round 1: Application Opens: January 8 – February 8, 2016
  • Round 1: Grant Review/Award Announcements – March 2016
  • Round 2: Application Opens: July 1-July 31, 2016
  • Round 2: tentative Grant Review/Award Announcements – November 2016

We will continue to post updates on our website.

Terms and Conditions

Please review the BISSELL Pet Foundation award terms and conditions prior to applying for funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your average grant award?

BPF national grant awards range between $1,000 and $7,500. BISSELL Blocktail grant awards are limited to the West Michigan area and range from $1,000 to $45,000.  The grant review committee looks at several factors when determining funds awarded; generally, awards do not exceed 10% of an organization’s operating budget.  Please see our website at to view prior funded programs including the amount awarded to each organization.

What is the Grant Review Committee looking for when making funding decisions?

They like to see programs with a measurable impact on the homeless pet population in communities through direct assistance to pets. This can be done through offsetting adoption fees, subsidizing spay/neuter for both shelter and owned pets, microchipping, providing foster care and offering low-cost “safety-net” services to the public to keep owned animals in their homes and out of shelter.  The committee likes to see programs that will increase the organizations impact as opposed to funding programs that won’t create an increase in lives saved. Please see our website at to view prior funded programs including the amount awarded to each organization.

Do you only fund programs included in the BISSELL Pet Foundation mission’s focus areas of adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care?

As a grant making organization, we certainly do choose to invest in programs that align closely with our mission. However, the overarching theme of the mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets.  We recognize that there are many methods of achieving this, and we choose to support a holistic approach, which includes the above focus areas and supporting measures to keep pets in their current homes.  Therefore, we also fund programs aimed at decreasing barriers to services and supplies for current pet owners.

Do you fund capital campaigns or large building requests?

While we recognize the value and need for these types of projects, the BISSELL Pet Foundation focuses its efforts on funding programs that are directly and actively working to reduce the homeless pet population; therefore, we rarely fund these types of requests.

Our Organization is currently working with others in the community to collaboratively address the homeless pet problem, should we include this type of information in our grant?

Yes! The BISSELL Pet Foundation greatly values collaborative efforts.  Our philosophy looks at pet overpopulation as a community issue requiring multiple facets of action.  It has been shown that in communities where collaboration is supported and nurtured that the live release rate of homeless pets can be positively affected in a big way.

We are not a shelter facility, how should we fill out the animal statistics table?

The key reason for including these statistics tables in the application process is for the Grant Review Committee to understand the number of animals serviced by your organization and the impact you are having on the homeless pet population in your community. If you are a “shelterless” or foster based rescue, we encourage you to still fill out the appropriate table to the best of your abilities, with the understanding that you will not have figures on your maximum capacity, etc…  We still would like to see the big picture of how many pets come into your program and the number of outcomes for each category, e.g.  euthanasia, transfer and return to owner.

If you are not an adoption facility but instead focus on providing other services to the public, or if you are an organization with a multi-faceted approach, please include statistics showing how many spay/neuters, vaccine clinic attendees, pet pantry clients, etc… you assist in a year in a separate table or spreadsheet.

Do you support programs for animals other than dogs and cats?

The BISSELL Pet Foundation supports many different types of homeless pets. We have provided funding for the care of horses, rabbits, domestic waterfowl, and others.  Please see our website at to view prior funded programs including the amount awarded to each organization.

What type of materials should I submit in support of my funding request?

Please be sure to read the instructions carefully and include all of the Required Application Materials. Your application will not be considered if it is incomplete, does not provide all required supporting documentation or requests funds for a restricted program and/or activity. For each program and the associated amount requested, you should supply supporting information on how you arrived at the specific amount and how many pets will be affected if you were to receive the funds.  Additionally, please explain whether or not this grant will be funding services you already plan to provide or if the grant funding would allow you to increase your reach and make a larger impact on the community.  Include information on how many more animals you will be able to serve above and beyond what your current expectations are, if you are awarded this grant.  Feel free to include tables, cost break down and/or estimates when applicable to support your request.  Below are two examples of supporting your ask through the narrative portion of the grant application.  The top example is not recommended, the bottom example is recommended.

Inconclusive narrative lacking supporting information:

We are submitting a request to the BISSELL Pet Foundation to support our feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return program through grant funding of $4,000.

Narrative with appropriate supporting information:

We would like to request funding to subsidize the cost of sterilization for 100 feral cats through our Trap-Neuter-Return program. Based on the cost of $25 for a cat neuter and $55 for a cat spay, the average cost of feline sterilization surgery is $40 per cat.  Therefore, we are requesting $4,000 that will allow us to sterilize 100 more cats in the next six months than we otherwise would be able, making a large impact on the community cat population by reducing unwanted litters and saving lives.

**Including tables with cost break downs of associated fees for each aspect of the program (a cat spay and cat neuter in the above example) is highly recommended.


If you require assistance or have questions in regards to your proposal, please send us a message or call (616) 735-6666.

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