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.

Autumn 2021 Grants round launched

Applying to Battersea is simple. This section provides everything you need to know about the application process, what to include in your funding proposal, how to submit your application and how long the process takes.

We appreciate that applying for funds can be time consuming, so we aim to make our process as simple as possible.

Please read our application guidelines carefully to ensure you have included all the information our Committee need to make an informed decision – this will speed up the decision process for you.

Many of the applications need to be submitted online through the GIFTS website. These applications will receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your application, giving you the comfort that we have safely received it. Applying online also enables you to save your proposal and share it with colleagues.

Word applications will be acknowledged as soon as possible.

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 Application Guidelines thoroughly for each Programme.
  3. Click the relevant Apply now button below, where you will be taken to the GIFTS Application form.

Read about our five funding programmes launched on Wednesday 8th September 2021.

Animal Partnership Programme

Please note – You must have had an initial conversation with the Animal Partner Manager who has recommended you submit an application. You will be asked for confirmation of this conversation as part of the application process.


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.

You must have an assessment visit booked or have carried out a self assessment in order to apply for this funding opportunity.


Example Application Form

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Academy Programme (UK)

This programme is open to any organisation in the UK who has attended an intensive (5 day) Academy Course in 2021, for whom a small grant will enable them to put an aspect of change into being.


Example Application Form

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COVID-19 emergency programme – International

This programme is open to any International organisation or rescue in order to support up to 6 months project funded activity, to take into consideration recent learnings from the COVID 19 pandemic – and put these into practice, as they look to the future.

Please note – given the need for these funds, the deadline for this fund is Thursday 23 September.


Application Form

Strategic programme

Please note there are various categories under the Strategic Programme you may be able to apply for. Please note the following before starting an application

International/strategic programme

This programme is designed for Organisations / Rescues working in South Africa, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka / India, Romania, Portugal or Cyprus in order help rescues manage and care for the animals in their care to the highest possible standard, whilst at the same time gaining invaluable insight and knowledge of the wider sector.


Example Application Form

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International/Strategic Programme – Expression of Interest

There is a short ‘word’ application form for Organisations / Rescues to complete following a conversation with the Grants Manager.

Please note - the deadline for these applications is Thursday 23 September.

Application Form (Word)

International/Strategic Programme – Continuation

There is a ‘word’ application form for Organisations / Rescues to complete as they come towards the end of a project currently funded by Battersea.

The Continuation Grant Application form is only intended to be used by those whose projects require extensions of funding for their work and who are invited to apply for a continuation grant for 2021. It is important to note that Battersea does not automatically continue funding all projects.


Application Form (Word)

Winter 2021 TIMETABLE

8 SeptemberGrant programme launched
23 September12pm deadline for COVID-19 Applications and Strategic Expressions of Interest
4 OctoberResearch / COVID Application Committee
21 October12pm deadline for all other Applications
Late October–Mid NovemberAssessment period
Week commencing 22 NovemberGrants Allocation Committee
Week commencing 29 NovemberApplicants informed of outcome and appropriate paperwork forwarded
January 2022Successful applicants having returned a signed Grant Agreement will receive their first payment and activity commences

Writing a winning Grant Application Day long course on Wednesday 22nd September. If you would top tips and hints on writing a fantastic Grant Application then please do consider attending this (free) day long course. For further information and to book your place now, please email

As ever if you wish to talk about a proposed programme or opportunity please do drop Margaret an email (

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