Since 2019, we have researched and written grant proposals to support Mobile Hope’s work, helping to raise more than $400,000 annually.
We worked with SCAN to:
- Inventory current grants and develop a system to manage them, ensuring all reporting requirements are met
- Write new grant proposals and resubmissions for continued funding of current grants
- Review and provide feedback on program strategy
- Evaluate programs
In 10 months we helped SCAN raise nearly $300,000 in grant funds.
Great results include writing a winning grant proposal in response to the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation’s call for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of animal-assisted activities, for both the people and animals involved. We worked with the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies to design the study and then crafted the proposal, which focused on testing the effectiveness of Listening EARS, a classroom-based program that uses small animals (i.e., rabbits and guinea pigs)—that may already be in classrooms—to help children to improve reading proficiency. The study will advance knowledge about how interaction with an animal can improve third grade students’ oral fluency and reading comprehension. It also offers the potential to demonstrate the effectiveness of a program that includes small animals as an alternative to trained dogs. HABRI awarded the Association more than $13,000 to conduct the study.
WAN requested help to develop a grant writing strategy. Our first task was to help the WAN staff to think about how the various proposals and projects they were considering fit logically into the context of long-term plans for the organization. This question spurred internal discussions at WAN that resulted in updates to their strategic plan and a more informed decision-making process about projects for which to pursue grant funding. We provided WAN with tools to craft winning proposals and helped draft a letter of inquiry that was submitted to a national foundation.
Lisa worked with ASI from 2012 to 2020. Highlights of her work include:
- Writing a winning $50,000 grant proposal to Maddie’s Fund to evaluate pet-friendly homeless shelters’ current approaches to handling animals accompanied by people experiencing homelessness, documenting lessons learned and best practices. The goal is to use the project findings to inform development of animal-friendly policies and practices in homeless shelters nationwide, reducing the likelihood that animals will be relinquished simply because their caregivers are experiencing a period of homelessness. Read the final report Maddie’s Fund Final Report_June 2020 and the executive summary Maddie’s Fund Executive Summary 2020.
- Creating a one-of-a-kind, 16-week intervention/diversion program for animal abuse offenders and a half-day psycho-educational program designed to teach participants how to care responsibly and empathically for companion animals. The program is being used in Syracuse and Rochester, NY, and Maricopa County, AZ.
- Conceptualizing and implementing a successful fundraising campaign to support scholarships for ASI’s first-ever Summer Institute for human-animal studies scholars, exceeding the fundraising goal by more than 50%.
- Developing a conceptual framework (logic model) to integrate multiple program components and guide program development and expansion.
- Leading a strategic planning effort for a Kansas City coalition that is now working to raise awareness of the relationship between animal cruelty and other forms of violence.
- Leading a strategic planning effort for the Animals and Society Institute.
- Writing a case statement to be used for fundraising.
- Developing communication tools, including elevator speeches, brochures, and a comprehensive messaging grid to support all of ASI’s communication efforts.
- Working with Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI) to create a training on the relationship between animal cruelty and other types of violence and antisocial behavior to be presented to more than 100 imams at the College of Sharia Law in Israel. This is the first in a 40-hour series on human-animal relationships designed to engage the imams in improving the lives of animals in Israel.
- Writing a successful grant proposal to expand our work in Chicago and Ohio. In both Chicago and Columbus, Ohio we have conducted workshops for juvenile probation officers, prosecutors, judges, and domestic violence service providers on animal abuse, its relevance to their work, and the critical role they play in early identification and intervention. We have also trained mental health professionals in AniCare, the first psychological treatment model for people who abuse animals. As a result of our work, youth who enter the Cook County, IL court system are now regularly screened for exposure to animal abuse as either a witness or a victim, and intervention is provided, as needed.
- Being invited by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary to participate in the Department of Justice’s Animal Cruelty—Public Safety Listening Session. The purpose of the event was to facilitate a conversation among 20 experts from various fields, including research and practice, about priorities in responding to animal cruelty and the nexus between animal cruelty and public safety. The Department of Justice sought to identify gaps that need to be addressed, explore strategies to address those gaps, and identify promising practices that could be replicated.
- Findings from the evaluation of county-wide prevention programs for children and families have been used to improve and better integrate programming. We are currently supporting implementation of the Outcomes Rate Card, an innovative procurement tool that identifies a set of outcomes and prices to be paid based on achievement.
- Findings from Wraparound fidelity assessments identified the need for more training for providers around engaging natural supports to help children with complex needs.
- Findings from the after-school program evaluation were used to clarify and refine the goals of the program and improve strategies to achieve them, helping more students succeed.
- Wrote a winning proposal to SAMHSA for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. The $1.6M award will be used to improve the coordination and integration of primary care services in community-based behavioral health settings.
- Wrote a winning proposal to the Department of Justice for a three-year $500,000 grant. The award will support the launch of a new Drug Court in Fairfax County, a critical strategy in the county’s coordinated efforts to improve outcomes and offer alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
- Wrote a winning proposal to the Department of Justice for a three-year $500,000 grant to enhance and continue implementation of the Fairfax County, VA, Veterans Treatment Docket, a court-supervised treatment program for veterans who have substance use issues and/or mental health conditions.
Our great results for Safe Humane Chicago include:
- Writing successful grant proposals to support Lifetime Bonds and Youth Leaders.
- Conducting a strategic planning process that included in-depth interviews with board members, staff and other stakeholders, and facilitating a two-day board retreat. Key outcomes included renewed emphasis on diversified fundraising efforts, the hiring of much-needed additional staff and identification of long-term strategies to strengthen the board.
- Developing data collection methods and measures to assess program effectiveness, including evaluating VALOR, a program that uses the human-animal bond to help veterans achieve emotional healing. Veterans gain a sense of efficacy as they socialize and train shelter dogs who have survived abuse and neglect.
- Presenting Lifetime Bonds at two high-profile justice conferences, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention conference in 2011 and the American Society of Criminology conference in 2012.
We wrote a successful grant proposal to The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, and received funding to conduct an evaluation of CAT in collaboration with Dr. Risley-Curtiss. The results will be used to improve the program and replicate it across the country, serving even more children and helping to keep animals safe.
We helped to design the Pennsylvania SPCA’s initiative to prevent animal cruelty and promote the human-animal bond through education, outreach, and development of strategic partnerships. Based on a public health approach to violence prevention, the initiative emphasizes the use of data to define the problems to be addressed, assumes the participation of partners from diverse sectors, and includes strategies designed specifically to address primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Other great results include:
- Conceptualizing and writing proposals, letters of inquiry, and assorted overviews of the education initiative that, over a period of six months, were used to obtain grants totaling $135,000.
- Designing and writing a successful grant proposal to support a comprehensive Pet Retention Program.
- Partnering with Drexel University to provide innovative education programs designed to improve the well-being of Philadelphia residents and change community norms regarding the treatment of pets. In partnership with Drexel and Girls, Inc. we piloted In Our Own Hands, an experiential leadership and social justice program that transforms the lives of middle school girls by involving them in animal rescue. This work is the cover story in the fall 2013 edition of the Latham Letter.