Apply for a Grant

Welcome to our grant applications page

Petplan Charitable Trust awards grants for the benefit of the health and welfare of dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.

There are two grant rounds each year – WELFARE and SCIENTIFIC. Last year, the Petplan Charitable Trust awarded over £850,000 in grants to animal welfare charities and institutions both in the UK and abroad. You can find out about some of the many projects we support, here.

How to apply

IMPORTANT: You must be a charity or scientific institution to apply. Please see terms and conditions on the right. Applications for each grant type are open once a year. Links are only available when applications are open.

  • Applications for WELFARE grants are now CLOSED.
  • Final decisions have now been made for 2024 grants.
  • Applications for 2025 grants will open in the autumn. 

These are scientific study awards for dogs, cats, horses and rabbits.

There are two categories: PUMP PRIMER and INITIAL SCIENTIFIC

  1. Pump Primer is for pilot studies. These usually run for 1 year. It is envisaged that some of these pilot studies will lead to larger research projects. We have increased the PUMP PRIMER grant to £12,500. 
  2. Initial Scientific. These awards are for larger studies that may run for 1 to 3 years. They require an initial application form. Successful initial applications will lead to full application and interview.

Applicants in private practice must provide ethical approval for the proposed study from the RCVS.

  • Applications for 2024 INITIAL SCIENTIFIC grants are CLOSED
  • Applications for 2024 PUMP PRIMER grants are now CLOSED
  • Applications for 2025 grants will open in the autumn.


The Petplan Charitable Trust will support studies on natural disease conditions in companion animals, to prevent their occurrence, provide a cure or eliminate suffering.

Its support is limited exclusively to subjects of accepted clinical importance and of concern to the general public and studies must be of a non-invasive nature.

The Trust will under no circumstances make grants for studies that use experimental animals.

Are you currently receiving a Scientific grant?

Download the Project Report Form PRO FORMA


IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you read, understand and comply with the Trust’s terms and conditions before applying.
WELFARE GRANT Terms and Conditions
SCIENTIFIC GRANT terms and conditions
PUMP/PILOT terms and conditions