Guidelines & FAQ

Grant Guidelines

Are you thinking of making a grant application to the Doris Day Animal Foundation? Perhaps we can give you a few tips to help.

Federal regulations mandate that our grants go only to 501(c)(3) public charities. In following Doris Day’s vision of helping animals, our grant committee approves grants that benefit animals and may also demonstrate a significant human element.

Essentially, our grants are focused on helping animals and the people who love them, usually in a manner that helps the animals as directly as possible. Currently, many of our grants are focused on assisting senior companion animals, whether it be assisting with their food, care, veterinary costs, or need for adoption.

The first step in applying for a grant is to send us a letter of introduction on your group letterhead and with an original signature by an authorized representative. Letters of introduction will be accepted only the first month of each quarter (January, April, July, and October). Immediately after that they will be reviewed and possible grant recipients will receive grant applications for completion. We regret it is not possible to fund every project submitted, and we thank each of you for caring for the animals and for all the hard work of each and every volunteer out there!

  • A short history and purpose of your organization,
  • Description of the project where you would like help, and
  • The amount of funding you are seeking

This letter can be emailed to us at as a PDF or image attachment. Email is the preferred form of communication. This includes letters of introduction and grant documentation as well. Letters that are mailed via USPS to the Foundation must include your organization's email address, and will receive a response only if there is a possibility of a grant. Our mailing address is:

Doris Day Animal Foundation
8033 Sunset Blvd
Ste 845
Los Angeles CA 90046

Additional information that may be helpful follows.

Frequently Asked Questions

My organization would like to apply for a grant. Do you have to be a 501(c)(3) organization?

Yes, applicants must be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Difficulties in complying with Federal regulations prevent us from making donations to individuals, non-U.S. charities, or for-profit organizations. If you are seeking assistance with personal veterinary expenses or other hardship needs, please refer to the following resources.

What is your deadline to apply for a grant?

Letters of introduction will be accepted only the first month of each quarter (January, April, July, and October). Immediately after that they will be reviewed and possible grant recipients will receive grant applications for completion.

Grant decisions are made each quarter with deadlines on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. After you receive our acknowledgement of your letter of introduction, you will hear from us only if your project is selected to submit a grant application.

Will DDAF help fund our building project for a new shelter (or other capital project)?

DDAF customarily does not fund capital projects. Even though valuable and necessary in animal care, grants that are approved are usually devoted more directly to the animals.

What programs does DDAF generally fund?

Spay/neuter programs, special needs programs, senior care programs, medical expenses for senior animals, rescue and placement of senior animals, and pet food pantries. We have on occasion funded grants for therapy dogs in hospice situations, training of assistance dogs, wildlife rehabilitation, protective vests for police dogs, education programs, and even a scholarship in the field of veterinary medicine. Recently, we have been focused on assisting senior companion animals, but we are open to your suggestions. We are always interested in the many ways loving people around the country are helping animals.

How long does the grant application process take?

If everything is in order with your application, and depending upon the timing of your grant submission, the process can take anywhere from three to six months. DDAF will notify your organization if the committee is able to select your application to receive a grant.

Our group has already received a grant. Can we apply for another?

Yes, DDAF allows organizations to apply for more than one grant.

Getting Started

If you think your project is a good fit with DDAF’s goals, make copies of your group’s most recent IRS Form 990 or audited financial statement and the group’s permanent IRS determination letter as a 501(c)(3) charity to send to us.  You will need these items, as well as other information that will be requested, if we invite you to submit an application.