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January 4, 2023

Brooke USA Foundation and EQUUS Foundation Partner to Provide Emergency Funding for America's Equines


Brooke USA and the EQUUS Foundation are pleased announce the establishment of the Brooke USA Bridge Grant Program -- a joint effort of Brooke USA and the EQUUS Foundation to support equine charities in the United States in desperate need of financial support brought on by unplanned and/or unexpected circumstances.


Micro-grants ranging between $500 and $1,000 are meant to provide respite to the grantee while other options are considered. The program offers emergency relief in three areas: 1) veterinary care, 2) dental care, and/or 3) farrier care. Grants are provided on a rolling basis and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Brooke USA Bridge Grants

“We are delighted to partner with the EQUUS Foundation to provide economic respite in times of need to equine charities across the country. During and after the pandemic, we helped approximately 40 US charities navigate the decline in fundraising income and the increase in need due to equine abandonment. We learned that a little support goes a long way and have decided to continue the program which will be managed by the EQUUS Foundation, the premier national equine welfare organization in the United States,” said Emily Dulin, Chief Executive Officer of Brooke USA.


"We applaud Brooke USA's global efforts to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and their trust in the EQUUS Foundation by funding an emergency relief fund for US-based equine charities and helping to provide a lifeline to horses at-risk due to an unexpected crisis,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.


A total of $10,000 will be available in 2023 although Brooke USA reserves the right, from time to time, to increase the funds made available. Funds are limited to the yearly donation made by Brooke USA Foundation to the EQUUS Foundation. Selections will be made by a committee of EQUUS Foundation and Brooke USA representatives.


Only US-based equine charities that find homes for at-risk equines and equines in transition, provide a safe haven for aged equines, and/or increase opportunities for equines to engage, inspire and empower people and that have attained the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to apply .


To apply, the EQUUS Foundation Guardian will need to log into its organization profile, select “BROOKE USA BRIDGE GRANTS”, and complete the online application. Applicants must address how the funds will be used, and within six months of receipt of funds, grantees must report on the use of the funds, including bills for services rendered.


For more information, contact Tim Williams, EQUUS Foundation Director of Programs, at programs@equusfoundation.org.

Visit equusfoundation.org/emergency for more information.

ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses from peril and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: mail@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

ABOUT BROOKE USA: The mission of Brooke USA Foundation is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy now and in the long-term, which also benefits the very poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living. For more information visit www.BrookeUSA.org.