Friends of the Animal Center Foundation is pleased to announce a call for grant applications for 2021.  FACF is a 501c3 organization that supports the operations of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, as well as initiatives to keep Johnson County pets safe and in their homes. We are fortunate to work in such a generous community that in addition to fully supporting the medical care and foster care expenses of pets at our local shelter, we are able to make small investments in local organizations that support animal welfare. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging economic times. Organizations that help families to keep their pets at home, such as 2020 grant recipient Coralville Food Pantry, save animals’ lives and support their owners’ resilience to stress. Coralville Food Pantry utilized their recent FACF grant to stock pet food for families in need; this resource proved to be in high demand and reduced the number of owner surrenders to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. FACF’s goal for the 2021 grant program is to support initiatives that promote wellness in pets and the people whose lives they touch.

Non-profit organizations that support companion animal welfare in Johnson County are invited to submit applications for 2021 FACF grants. Applications should identify a new initiative to assist pets in the community, provide a rationale, and include a projected budget. Applications are due by September 4, 2020. A grant review committee will meet in the fall to review 2021 grant applications, and recipients of the 2021 grant(s) will be notified no later than December 2020. Friends of the Animal Center Foundation looks forward to grant proposals that will further our mission of serving pets and their owners in our community.