Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Are you a small or medium-sized charity whose primary focus is equine rescue and rehoming? Has your work been directly affected by the crisis?
The good news is you could be eligible for a grant.
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The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis and is now live.

All equine welfare organisations have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. On top of looking after the animals in their care with very limited rehoming possible, they have had to close their centres to visitors, cancel fundraising events and see donations dry up during the ongoing crisis. This can be especially devastating for smaller charities.

Where is the money coming from?

Support for the Fund, which was set up at the end of last month with a commitment of £50,000 from PPCT, has already raised a further £80,000 from the RSPCA, The Donkey Sanctuary, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society (BHS). We’re delighted to report that the fund has also just been boosted by £10,000 from the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust.

The maximum grant will be £5,000 with the expectation that the average grant will be around £2,500. Grants will be decided by a Committee comprising representatives from NEWC, the supporting charities and an independent member, with PPCT administering the fund.

Is your charity eligible?

Applicants need not be NEWC members, but rescue and rehoming of equines should be the primary focus of the organisation. If more applications are received than funds available, priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds (e.g. Support Adoption for Pets Emergency Fund).

How to apply

The next round is open now.  Simply click the button below and you will be taken to an online form. The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 16th October 2020. Successful applicants will be notified one week later and payment will be made by 30th October 2020. There will be one final round of applications in January.

Final round – Deadline: 15th January 2021.

This fund is supported by:

Donkey Sanctuary logo

world horse welfare logo

redwings horse sanctuary

british horse society logoelise pilkington charitable trust