Capacity Building Grants


The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation seeks to work with Maine's animal welfare community to build the sector's capacity - enabling it to meet the objectives of improving the quality of life and care for companion animals throughout the state.  Capacity building efforts that will have significant, measurable impact on organizations' ability to perform their work - including leadership development; improved sheltering, management and governance practices; and fundraising sophistication - are of particular interest.


Review Considerations for Animal Welfare Capacity Building Grants


Grant requests will be evaluated using the Foundation’s General Considerations for grant making and those listed below.  The extent to which the proposed work will build the organization’s ability to perform their work on an ongoing basis will be a significant consideration.


  • Depth of understanding of where organization’s challenges lie
  • Depth of understanding of different approaches to addressing challenges and articulation of rationale for chosen course of action
  • Impact on strength of organizational leadership
  • Impact on sheltering practices
  • Impact on governance and management practices
  • Impact on organization’s fundraising capacity
  • Impact on addressing significant animal welfare issues facing Maine and/or the region served by the organization
  • Measurable impact of the proposed work
  • Extent to which effort increases organization’s effectiveness in promoting humane treatment of animals


Application Period


The deadline for applying is June 15, 5pm EST.  In the event the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application will be due by 5pm on the next business day.  The online application is available from March 15 to June 15.  Decisions will be announced in early October.