The Petplan Charitable Trust was set up in 1994 by Patsy Bloom and David Simpson to provide much needed funds to promote the health and welfare of animals in the UK, such as dogs, cats, horses and rabbits. The Trust has given more than £8 million in grants to registered charities across the UK in the last 22 years.
The aim of the Trust is to promote the health and welfare of animals and fund the advancement of veterinary understanding and treatment. The Trust awards grants to registered charities in the UK to improve animal welfare. The main areas of work are: sanctuary; rescue and rehabilitation; neutering and education; and campaigning.
Applications can be made for the following grants:
- Scientific Grant.
- Full scientific grant.
- Pump-priming grant of up to £10,000 are available for applicants embarking on a research career. Applicants new to research forming part of a larger team must be responsible for 70% or more of the work. The grant can fund projects that stand-alone or lead to further work in addition to Full Scientific Grants. The Trust favours studies that will potentially help vets in practice to treat and care for animals better.
- Welfare Grants:
- One major welfare grant of up to £20,000 towards an innovative project to improve animal care and welfare.
- Up to £40,000 to be distributed for general grants of between £5,000 and £7,500. This can include items such as neutering, kennelling costs and veterinary fees.
- Up to £40,000 to be distributed for general grants of up to £5,000. This can include items such as neutering, kennelling costs and veterinary fees.
- Grants to assist with vehicle purchase.
The deadlines for applications are:
- Full Scientific Grants – 25 November 2016.
- Welfare Grants – 2 December 2016.
- Pump-priming Grants – 14 March 2017.
Further information is available from the Petplan Charitable Trust website.