Battersea Grants

Battersea is committed to supporting other animal rescue organisations. We know that we can help more animals by working together with others than we can alone, especially in areas where the need is high but there is scarce resource and little public help.

We offer a range of grants to help successful applicants develop and deliver specific projects with measurable outcomes that will benefit dogs and cats. Our grants are available to any organisation, no matter how large or small.


Applying to Battersea is simple.

We appreciate that applying for funding is time consuming so we aim to make our process as simple as possible.

Please read the relevant guidelines carefully before starting an application. This is to ensure you meet the strict criteria we set down for each programme and that you have all the relevant documentation to include within your application.

You must submit your application online through the GIFTS portal. Once we have received your submission, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email.

Please make sure you do the following before applying:

  1. Thoroughly read the GIFTS guidelines so you know how to submit an online application. Make sure you have created your GIFTS account (as detailed in the guidelines) before starting your application. If you don’t then you will not be able to save your application and the information will be lost.
  2. Check that you are eligible to apply for funding and read the appropriate programme guidelines thoroughly for each programme.
  3. Do check out the relevant example application form before starting your online form. This will ensure you have all the relevant information and documentation to hand.
  4. Click the Apply now button below the relevant application guidelines when you are ready to start your application.

Good safeguarding practices enable organisations to protect their staff, volunteers and all those who come into contact with the organisation from harm and are therefore very important. To help us understand the safeguarding practices in place at organisations which are funded by us, we now require all applicants to submit their safeguarding policy as part of the grant application process. In the absence of a policy we will work with you to develop one and ensure you understand safeguarding requirements prior to any funding being given and project work commencing.

Animal Partnership Programme

Under this programme Animal Partners who work with Battersea can apply for a grant either to:

  • Or having achieved the ADCH Minimum Standards already, enable a partner to enhance a particular element of their work.

Please note that in order to apply for this grant you must have signed the Service Level Agreement with the Animal Partners Team. If you have not you must contact them ( before proceeding with your application.


Example Application Form

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Minimum Standards Programme

This programme is aimed at any rescue or shelter to help them work towards and attain the ADCH Minimum Standards. Organisations who already have the standard may apply for a small grant to help them maintain/develop a specific aspect of their work.


Example Application Form

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Change Plan (Academy) UK Programme

This programme is open to any UK organisation who have attended an Intensive Academy Course, have completed a change plan and for whom a small grant will enable them to put an aspect of change into being.


Example Application Form

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Change Plan (Academy) International Programme

This programme is open to any organisation who have attended an Intensive Academy Course and have completed a change plan.

There are two funding opportunities. Please note you cannot apply for both opportunities.

Development Grant of up to £10,000 (Sterling)


Example Application Form

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Enrichment Grant of up to £500 (Sterling)


Example Application Form

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10 SeptemberGrant programme launched
22 October12 noon deadline for application form
23 October - 18 NovemberAssessment Period
Week commencing 18 NovemberPapers to Committee members
Week of 25 NovemberGrants Committee
Week commencing 2 DecemberApplicants informed of outcome and appropriate paperwork forwarded
January 2020Successful applicants having returned a signed Grant Agreement will receive their first payment and activity commences
April 2020Short progress report due


Writing a winning funding application

1 October (9:30 – 16:30)Spaces availableProgramme Overview

This one-day course is suitable for anyone working in a UK based rescue who is involved in writing or putting together funding bids, particularly to Trusts and Foundations.

Battersea Grants

During the day we will look at the theory of grant management and top tips on completing an application. We’ll also take time to consider some actual applications and discuss why they were – or were not, successful.

By the end of the day you will be able to:

  • Identify a good application from the point of view of a funder
  • List the terms used by funders and consider suitable responses
  • Discuss how an organisation presents itself as being different from others
  • Apply funding theories to your own applications for grant aid

The course is free to attend and will run from 9:30– 4:30pm (including refreshments, lunch and a tour of site).

Please note: delegates will need to cover their own travel costs.

To register you place please email:


At the May Allocation – Battersea were delighted to award 17 Grants to shelters and rescues totalling £109,000.

These grants fell into one of three Programmes below:

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For further information please email the grants team on

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