The BHCAF supports six types of grants:

1.        General Fund/Rescue Fund Small Grants
2.        General Fund/Rescue Fund Large Grants  
3.        Emergency Grants - Natural Disasters
4.        Emergency Grants - Puppy Mill Closures, etc.
5.        Medical/Health Research Grants
6.        Educational projects related to the over all purposes of the Foundation as specified in Article III of the BHCA
        Foundation by-laws.    

General Fund/Rescue Fund Small Grants

This type of grant has a cap of $2,000. It is intended to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations (or credible groups
or individuals) that aid the health, rescue, or general well-being of the Basset Hound. The scope of considered grants is
as broad as the objectives and purposes of the Basset Hound Club of America Foundation as stated in the Foundation’s
by-laws.  Organizations should expect to receive a decision within 30 days of receipt of the proposal by BHCAF.

The review criteria are:

•        The proposed project’s alignment with the Foundation’s purpose;
•        The proposed project’s effectiveness in addressing  the applicant’s goals and its impact on the Basset Hound;
•        The group or individual’s credibility and reliability as evidenced by previous achievements;
•         Evidence of other financial support for the project.

General Fund/Rescue Fund Large Grants

This type of grant has a cap of $5,000. It is intended to provide assistance to 501c3 organizations that aid the health,
rescue or general well-being of the Basset Hound. The scope of these grants is as broad as the objectives and purposes
of the BHCA Foundation as stated in its by-laws. In addition to the criteria for Small Grants (above), grant proposals must
demonstrate:

•        An organizational history of credible performance, and
•        Demonstrated use of best practices in accounting and program implementation, including assessment of results.
•        The review of Large Grants (limited to 501c3 organizations) will be longer than for Small Grants and
organizations should expect decisions no sooner than 90 days from the date of receipt of the proposal.

Emergency Grants - Natural Disasters

When unusual events occur which result in a large number of dogs Basset Hounds needing aid and assistance, the ’
BHCAF's goal will be to provide support. The ’BHCAF's financial commitment will be for a specific amount and for a limited
duration. The amount of support will depend upon the ’BHCAF's financial resources and the particular circumstances of
the event. The BHCAF will provide financial support for canine goods and services such as food, medicine, shelter, and
search and rescue operations. It will not provide for salaries and wages of rescuing personnel. These grants are limited
to one-time awards of no more than $2,500.

The Foundation will only work through established local Basset Hound clubs and Rescue groups for natural disaster
emergency funds. Upon receiving the request either by phone, e-mail or other means, the BHCAF Board will immediately
convene to analyze and consider the request.

The criteria that will be considered are: the degree of need, the credibility of the requesting group and the amount of
other financial support either promised or in hand.

Emergency Grants - Puppy Mill Closures, etc.

The BHCAF will provide emergency support to established Rescue groups for expenses incurred in puppy mill closures.
Upon receiving the request either by phone, e-mail or other means, the BHCAF will immediately convene to analyze and
consider the request.
The criteria that will be considered are: the degree of need, the requesting group credibility and the amount of other
financial support. At present, there is a $1,000 cap on this type of grant.

Medical/Health Research Grants

The BHCAF will fund medical or health research studies that fall within the objectives and purposes of the Basset Hound
Foundation.  Generally, the BHCAF will seek to partner with other funding organizations such as the American Kennel
Club Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) or the Morris Animal Foundation, or other national parent breed club
health/research foundations (where appropriate).  These partnerships leverage the BHCAF’s resources most effectively.  
Prospective proposers are limited to professional health researchers at recognized institutions (colleges, universities,
medical research centers or institutes, hospitals, etc.)

The criteria used for review are:

•        Pertinence and potential impact of the study on Basset Hound health;
•        scientific merit as evidenced by peer review recommendations;
•        expertise and previous experience of the Principal Investigator (an NIH-style bio-sketch is required) and available
      funds.

For these types of grants, funding is limited to $5,000 and will be for one year.  Certain expenditures are ineligible for
funding, these include:

•        The purchase of dogs
•        Dog research colonies
•        Projects involving disease induction or injury models in dogs
•        Euthanasia of healthy dogs
•        Salaries for research or support personnel
•        Laboratory equipment or non-disposable parts
•        Development of custom-designed, computer software
•        Tuition or registration fees for classes, training, or conferences
•        Travel expenses for any purpose, except those directly related to sample procurement (example: dog shows)
•        Transportation of live or dead dogs
•        Indirect costs

Education Projects Related to Health or Rescue

The BHCAF recognizes that public education is a vital part of its mission.  Therefore, it will fund projects that contribute to
public or owner knowledge about the Basset Hound or best practices that would reduce the number of Basset Hounds
needing rescue; that assist new or existing rescue groups in increasing their effectiveness (e.g., training for volunteers or
board members); or that contributes to increase knowledge about health issues in the Basset Hound.

Funding for these types of grants must include a clear educational plan AND must include desired outcomes and metrics
to assess whether those outcomes have been achieved.  Preference will be given to those projects that describe a plan
for sustain ability of the educational program.   Funding is limited to $1,000 for projects of one year in duration.
Types of Grants
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