Reducing the Population of Unwanted Cats Grants


Communities throughout Maine struggle with issues related to the vast number of unwanted and feral cats.  The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports efforts that have a high probability of making a significant, lasting impact on the unwanted cat population through spay/neuter programs, education, capacity building for animal shelters and other mechanisms.

Review Considerations

Grant requests will be evaluated using the Foundation’s General Considerations for grant making and those listed below.  The extent to which the proposed work will make a significant, lasting impact on the unwanted cat population will be a significant consideration.

  • Extent to which effort utilizes research and best-practices to guide and implement the work

  • Degree to which effort is targeted to a specific geography

  • Measurable impact, particularly concerning: intakes at area animal shelters, euthanasia rates, nuisance complaints and requests for assistance

Application Period

The deadline for applying is June 17, 5pm EST.  In the event the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application will be due by 5pm on the next business day.  The online application is available from March 15 to June 17.  Decisions will be announced in early October.

Please review the 2019 Animal Welfare Reducing the Unwanted Cat Population Application Guide prior to starting an application.  It provides instructions, grant guidelines, and the application narrative questions.  We also recommend you visit our Application Instructions page, and our Online Application Guide for tips on using our online application system.  

We encourage you to cut and paste your narrative responses from a word processing application (Word, Google Docs, etc.) to ensure work is not lost should there be an internet connectivity or technology glitch.  If you are having difficulty accessing the application, please try using a different browser. 

Regardless of whether you have an existing account (from a previous grant cycle), you must select “Start a New Application” with each new grant cycle. 

Select this option if you want to return to an application you have already started for the current grant cycle.