We recognize the value of each of our applicant’s work and while want to help every organization, we do not always have the resources to do so. As a result, we have developed the guidelines below to help allocate our resources. Please read these guidelines carefully and contact us if you have any questions! 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.

BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners Grant

The BPF Partners grant is available twice a year – in the spring and fall. The current application will open again Spring 2019 for SPAY/NEUTER requests. For questions related to the Partners Grant contact rachel.young@bissell.com.

Beginning in 2018, BISSELL Pet Foundation will only fund organizations who microchip pets prior to adoption (this does not apply to TNR programs) and will not fund an organization that declaws cats prior to adoption.

Funding Restrictions for BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners Grant:

Adoption Funding is awarded for support of low-cost adoption events and programs up to $135 per dog and $70 per cat.

Spay/Neuter Funding is available at $35 per dog spay/neuter and $25 for cat spay/neuter. Organizations must follow Humane Alliance protocols and provide required supporting information on the application.

Microchip Funding will be given for Found Animals microchips (Datamars) at a cost of $4.95 per chip.

Veterinary Care Funding will be awarded for vaccinations at the time of intake as recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This includes Rabies, MLV or Recombinant Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2 and Parvovirus (DAPP), B. bronchiseptica + canine parainfluenza virus at up to $20 per dog; and rabies, FVRCP, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) up to $15 per cat.

Visit AAHA’s website for the full vaccination protocol for shelter-housed dogs
Visit American Association of Feline Practitioners for the AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines

Additional funding restrictions may be imposed at the time of award by the grant review committee.  This will be detailed in the award letter and agreed upon in an acceptance agreement. Example: your awarded funding for spay/neuter may only be approved through a preferred vendor as determined by the committee.


The EMPTY THE SHELTERS grant is available by invitation only for ETS events coordinated by the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for event announcements in your area! For questions related to the EMPTY THE SHELTERS Grant, contact emma.geers@bissell.com.

Funding Restrictions for EMPTY THE SHELTERS Grant:
Adoption Funding for EMPTY THE SHELTERS will reimburse normal adoption fees up to a maximum of $135 for dog adoption and $70 for cat adoption.

Eligibility Requirements for ALL Grant Types:

The organization must:

  • 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 spay
  • neuter programs, microchipping, foster care and adoption
  • Be a member in good standing of the BISSELL Partners for Pets (P4P) program for at least 6 months prior to submission of application

Past Applicants: 

  • Past Grant Recipients are eligible to re-apply for the BISSELL Pet Foundation Partners Grant funding 2 years after the submission of the accepted grant application
  • Past Grant Recipients must submit a final grant report prior to applying for future funding

BISSELL Pet Foundation will not fund the following organization types, activities and programs:

  • Grant requests for sanctuaries that do not perform adoptions and non-operating private foundations.
  • Grant requests that exceed 10% of an organization’s operating budget;
  • Indirect or ancillary costs of veterinarian care (e.g., transportation, gas cards, administrative fees, etc.);
  • General operating expenses or overhead (e.g., payment of salaries or routine maintenance);
  • Professional development for staff;
  • Advertising (e.g., graphic design, printing, website development, etc.);
  • Fuel for mobile clinics or animal transfer programs;
  • Equipment purchases;
  • Deficit reduction or operational deficiencies;
  • Fundraising or special events;
  • Capital campaigns and/or large building projects;
  • Start-up costs;
  • Grants to specific individuals or individual animals;
  • Wildlife or marine life rehabilitation or rescue; and
  • Political or lobbying activities.

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