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Standard and Mini Grant

Those eligible for Miccio Foundation grants in support of Iowa's animals will be organizations that have demonstrated commitment to animal welfare. Examples include, but are not limited to, private and governmental animal shelters, humane societies, rescue groups, volunteer foster organizations, and local animal control agencies. We will not support activities inconsistent with federal, state or local laws/ordinances, and we reserve the right to request additional information prior to making funding decisions.

The Miccio Foundation's focus is to support organizations involved in animal welfare (501c3 status is required). Projects eligible for funding are those that will have an immediate, direct and measurable impact on improving animal welfare in a target community. Grants can be for projects such as spay/neuter programs, facility renovation, medical care, humane education, caging, and adoption support.

Organizations may apply for funds from the Miccio Foundation through a three-tier grant program. Applicants may apply for only one Miccio Foundation Standard or Mini grant per funding cycle. In addition to applying for a Standard or Mini grant, applicants may apply for one Jean M. Walker grant per cycle. Funding cycles occur twice annually, in May and November.

Standard and Mini Grant Requirements

The Foundation awards standard grants to organizations licensed by the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) as Pounds or Shelters. Typically, Standard Miccio grants are funded at $3,500. Standard grant requests may not exceed $10,000.

Organizations with 501c3 status are eligible for the Miccio Foundation Mini grant of up to $1,500. An IDALS pound or shelter license is not required. In exceptional circumstances, grants of more than $1,500 may be funded. Contact the Miccio Foundation Board prior to submitting such an application. Please note that you must contact the Foundation each time you request an exceptional circumstance exemption.

Application Deadlines

May 1 & November 1

If you cannot see the online grant application, that means Miccio is between cycles and not accepting applications. The online application will open at least one month before the due date of each cycle.

Projects of greatest interest are those that include:

  • renovating facilities to ensure the health and well-being of animals prior to adoption and/or improving the efficiency of overall daily operations

  • developing and sustaining alliances that may include sharing resources to accomplish specific activities, particularly spay/neuter, emergency transportation, and professional services

  • supporting areas of the state where resources for animals are limited or unavailable


Miccio awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Applicants may apply for either a Standard or Mini grant per funding cycle. In addition, applicants may apply for one Jean M. Walker grant per funding cycle.


Help with Getting a Grant

Help with getting a grant and other funding strategies from the Humane Society of the United States.

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