A new round opens May 1, 2012, for grants from the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services, a special Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation. Established by Hoover businessman and charity auctioneer Ken Jackson, the Remy Fund focuses on key areas served by nonprofit organizations that involve traditional companion animals — dogs, cats and horses.
Your organization can apply for general support, but the committee has the following priority areas:
- rescue/shelter programs for traditional companion animals
- spay/neuter programs
- animal-assisted therapy programs involving traditional companion animals
- education and advocacy programs (promoting the humane and dignified treatment of traditional companion animals)
- service dog programs
Organizations also must provide services within Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker or Blount counties.
Read these guidelines and set up your account on line so you can submit your proposals. The 2012 grant cycle for the Remy Fund starts May 1 and ends May 25. Contact James McCrary at 327-3812 if you have additional questions or problems with the on-line application.
Grants in 2011 totaled $15,000 to the following organizations:
• Bama Bully Rescue, $5,000 to support the organization’s work to find homes for Pit Bulls and other “Bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.
• Momakat Rescue, $5,000 to support spay/neuter surgeries for abused or neglected cats.
• Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch, $5,000 to support animal-assisted therapy programs that involve at-risk and disadvantaged youth working with horses rescued from abuse, neglect or abandonment.