The $10,000 Full Circle of Life grant is waiting for you! We are currently accepting applications from organizations willing to pilot a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter for 6 months. A Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter helps horses in every stage of life regardless of their age, behavior, training, or medical problems. Having compassion for all horses, no matter what stage of life they are in, is extremely important. Over ten years ago we determined to help all horses in need - no matter what stage of life they are in, and now we are hoping to inspire other organizations to do the same. Most horse rescue organizations focus on a particular stage of a horse's life, the most adoptable stage. That philosophy leaves many horses with no place to go and no help or resources for them: simply because they are in the wrong stage of life. The Full Circle of Life grant and mentoring will help the winning organization pilot this philosophy for 6 months. This pilot program is made possible by, and is in loving memory of, Teri Callahan.
The two finalists for our Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter - $10,000 grant are: Colorado Horse Rescue Network and Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab.
We had many wonderful organizations apply for this grant, but we can only choose two finalists. The winner of the grant will be announced on May 1st. What do the organizations plan to do with the grant funds if they win?
Colorado Horse Rescue Network: We would like to see roughly $8,500 in facility upgrades to allow us to handle more at-risk horses. It would also allow for more buy-out horses. The additional funding we would like to use for upgrades to our computers and computer systems to make them more compatible with the App we developed to track intakes. Given the growing number of horses with soundness, behavioral and health issues that we are seeing, the education and learning opportunity offered by this grant and Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter process would prove invaluable.
Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab: Should we receive the grant, we would put it towards a new barn, fencing supplies, and corral panels. The current 4-stall barn and the immediate surrounding paddocks would then become a quarantine/shelter area. We are already in the process of preparing to build a new barn. The builder and excavator funds are available already and we have over $5000 to date for the materials. The new barn would be more than 300 feet away from the old one and all paddocks would be just as far away as well. We have the design laid out to rearrange all paddocks and ultimately have 20 paddocks housing 2-3 horses each while keeping a larger open area to continue the rotational grazing.
Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter 6 Month Pilot Process
1) Grant Application Open - March 1st| Submit a grant application and describe how you would use the $10,000 grant funds. We will be looking for an organization who will be able to utilize the funds to become
set up to rescue and shelter horses in all stages of life. The grant funds should not be used for day-to-day operations, but rather in a tangible way towards helping the organization long-term, such as a larger horse trailer, new
2) Grant Deadline - March 31 | After the grant deadline, all applications will be reviewed and considered.
3) Top Finalists - April | The top finalists will be announced by April 15. If your organization is chosen as one of the top finalist you may receive a scheduled visit by our team to see your facility and meet your team.
4) Winner Announcement - May | The grant winning organization will be announced on or around May 1st. If your organization is chosen to pilot this program the $10,000 grant funds will be dispersed by May 15th.
5) Piloting the Program | The Full Circle of Life 6 month pilot will run between May and October 2019.
First Stage: Horse Plus Humane Society's founders and film crew will come to your facility and meet with you, your team and your veterinarian to develop a shelter plan that will work for your organization. Their visit will last a couple of days and after that time our CEO and founder Tawnee Preisner will be available for coaching and mentoring throughout the pilot. During the course of the pilot you will need to have somebody video footage as it happens such as owners surrendering horses, training, rescuing, etc with a smartphone or quality camcorder and send them to the media production team.
Second Stage: You and one of your team will come to Horse Plus Humane Society's facility in Hohenwald, TN. During this visit you will primarily learn about fundraising and donor follow up along with assisting with a large-scale rescue mission and intake of a large number of horses. Travel and lodging will be provided for 2 people from the piloting organization. If other organization team members would like to come they are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
Third Stage: Horse Plus Humane Society’s founders and film crew will travel to your facility and help host a free surrender day at your facility or local facility. The free surrender day will be on a Sunday with evaluations and euthanasia, if needed, on Monday.
Fourth Stage: Horse Plus Humane Society's founders and film crew will come back to your facility and talk with you about what it was like piloting a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter for the past 6 months and if you plan on continuing to be a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter. If the participating organization decides to continue being a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter they will be given the Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter Sign to be posted at their facility and also given the seal to post on their website and social media outlets. Tawnee Preisner will continue to be available for coaching and mentoring to help the organization grow and prosper.
6) Independence | In no way do we want your organization to lose its identity while participating and piloting a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter. A Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter is a philosophy that means you are there for horses at every stage of their life. It is not a partnership with Horse Plus Humane Society or a branch shelter of our organization. We will share with you what works for us and mentor you and your unique needs in your community.
1) Be a horse welfare organization in operation at least 2 years as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and in good standing with the IRS and yearly income over $20,000.
2) A letter of intent for what the $10,000 grant would be used for. The grant funds should not be used for day-to-day operations, but rather in a tangible way towards helping your organization long-term. The letter of intent is included in the grant application.
3) Organization must understands and support that a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter must offer humane, compassionate euthanasia options for unwanted and unadoptable horses in accordance with the AAEP.
4) Willing to pilot a Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter for 6 months.
5) Have a suitable facility for sheltering horses of all ages, temperaments, training levels and genders.
6) A good working relationship with a veterinarian and farrier.
7) The ability to have horses humanely euthanized and disposed of. We will work with your organization, if necessary, to help you figure out options when it may seem there are no options in your area.
8) Participating organization's director, staff and veterinarian agree to meet with Horse Plus Humane Society staff to discuss in plans and operations for a pilot Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter.
9) The transitioning of a horse rescue to Full Circle of Life Horse Shelter will be documented through photos, video, audio and any other media deemed necessary by Horse Plus Humane Society and made into a reality TV show!