Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s life was guided by a deep passion and commitment to animal welfare. As a founding director and past president of Humane Canada, Senator McGrand left an important philosophical legacy to Canada’s animal welfare movement. Before his death in 1988, he established a charitable trust to continue his work for animals, which includes an endowment to support SPCAs and humane societies in Atlantic Canada and a lifetime achievement award to acknowledge significant contributions to animal welfare in Canada.
Who can apply?
Organizations must be located in Atlantic Canada and must be a member of Humane Canada to apply for the grant. Learn more about becoming a Humane Canada member.
Preference will be given to organizations that are incorporated and registered charities.
What programs are eligible for a McGrand Trust Grant?
Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s principal interest was humane education; therefore, applications must focus on projects or programs in this area. The definition of humane education includes any activity that instructs, or aids instruction, with the purpose of fostering compassion and respect towards animals and so can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Production of fact sheets or brochures on animal welfare issues (i.e.: spay/neuter, cruelty, pet care)
- Preparation of lesson guides for teaching
- Humane education for school-age children
- School visitation programs
- Newsletters with humane education as their theme
- Humane education displays (posters, pictures, etc.)
- Purchase or development of humane education materials/videos
Grants will not be awarded for any capital project or shelter operating cost.
Although the size and scope of operation and budget are not primary factors in the committee’s decisions, we request a detailed project description, information on your most recent financial statements and budget, and information on other relevant shelter programs.
It is extremely important to the committee that the application form is filled out in full and that detailed information is given on the uses to which any grant will be put. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The completed application must include:
- Information on the need for the project (i.e.: to improve humane education in local schools),
- Outline of the protocol for the project,
- Target audiences,
- How the project will be evaluated, and
- Budget and timeline for completion.
The qualifications of the person directing the project should also be provided. Please review the Grant Checklist document to ensure that you have submitted all relevant information.
Applications will be judged by a number of criteria, including:
- Potential impact on animal welfare and number of animals affected,
- Time frame
- The need for the program, and
- Public engagement.
Organizations receiving grants will be asked to submit a report showing specifically how the funds were spent. Any changes in expenditure that were not in the original application must be noted. Grantees should provide evidence of the accomplishment of the funded project. A satisfactory financial statement showing how the past grant was used must also be submitted.
McGrand Trust Grants have been awarded as education scholarships to the organizations below to allow them to attend the National Animal Welfare Conference.
Recipients have included these Humane Canada member societies:
- Fredericton SPCA
- Greater Moncton SPCA
- Nova Scotia SPCA
- SPCA St. John’s
For further information, please contact:
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
102-30 Concourse Gate
Ottawa, ON K2E 7V7
Telephone: 1-888-678-2347 / (613) 224-8072 ext. 20
Fax: (613) 723-0252