The main outcome is that we have applied for all of the highest value grants we have found, and feel that the grants we'd find with additional research would have much lower chances of success compared to the current ones we have applied for.
Lessons in looking and applying for grants for AMF
- Lower foundation interest in international causes as compared to local causes.
- Foundations care about where your organization is located.
- Novelty and innovation
- Country specific
Lessons in looking and applying for grants for The Humane League (THL)
Surprisingly, it was much easier to find grants for THL, though they were for significantly smaller sums ($1,000-$50,000) than the grants available for AMF ($50,000-several million).
- Lower foundation interest in animal causes compared to human causes
- Significantly lower interest in farm animals when compared to pets.
Findings that applied to both
- More grants are available for charities doing a wider range of projects.
- Foundations seem very interested in research.
- Foundations are more interested in giving to charities they know personally.
Unfortunately we do not have a good measure of the results of our work yet as we are still waiting for replies from the vast majority of grants we have applied for. This can take between 1 and 12 months depending on the foundation. We plan on publicly posting the end results of the grants in terms of money moved as well as a specific breakdown of the total number of hours put into each grant. (update on this we have received one grant for $10,000)