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Criteria for MercyPets Grants


MercyPets grants are designed to alleviate child hunger locally, nationally and internationally.


2018 Deadline dates:  All LOI’s and Grant Applications are due by 4:00pm on the deadline date.

Letter of Intent (LOI)              March 1, 2018        Letter of Intent (LOI)              July 1, 2018

Grant Application               April 15, 2018         Grant Application               August 15, 2018

Grants Award Announced    June 1, 2018            Grants Award Announced   October 1, 2018


Letter of Intent will be reviewed by the committee, if accepted a Grant Application will be sent to the organization.


To be eligible for a MercyPets Grant your organization must:

  • Be recognized as a 501(C)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization according to the Internal Revenue Code and established for at least 2 years with a track record of sustainability;

  • Address the needs that are not met by existing organizational or community resources; and

  • Benefit the hunger needs of children.

How to apply for a Grant:

  • Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via mail to MercyPets P.O. Box 20220 Dayton, OH 45420.  The LOI provides MercyPets with an overview of your funding request.

  • Copy of your 501(C)(3)

  • Only one LOI per organization per year may be submitted for consideration so that MercyPets can help as many nonprofit organizations as possible.

  • Organizations that are funded are eligible to apply again after funds have been paid and the final report has been submitted and approved. If an organization’s final report is past due and no attempt has been made by the organization to extend the final report deadline, the organization will become ineligible to apply for additional funding for a period of two years.

  • If an LOI is denied, the organization may not apply for the same project again.

  • Typically MercyPets Fund Committee awards for no more than 25% of the total project budget not to exceed a maximum amount of $5000, however, MercyPets has the right to increase or decrease the amount awarded if circumstances warrant.  

What we look for in a project:

  • Comprehensive program design;

  • Realistic expectations and the capacity to implement the project;

  • Time-sensitive projects that make a significant difference in the outcome of the project;

  • Unique and unduplicated opportunity that will affect a substantial number of children;

  • Appropriately trained staff and/or volunteers;

  • Size and potential impact of the project

What we generally fund:

  • Programs seeking to provide nutritional meals or snacks to impoverished hungry children.