ACE Movement Grants (formerly “Effective Animal Advocacy Fund”) is for anyone who is interested in making the animal advocacy movement more effective.1 ACE Movement Grants launched in late 2018 for three main reasons:
- We believe that a broad, pluralistic animal advocacy movement is more likely to be resilient—and hence more impactful—than a narrow, monistic animal advocacy movement.
- There is limited available evidence supporting the effectiveness of any given intervention, and we think that the movement can increase its chances of success by continuing to fund a wide range of interventions.
- We think that building relationships with a larger group of advocates and charities will make our own work more effective by providing us with new information to consider and new groups with which to collaborate.
ACE Movement Grants will be distributed to a number of promising charities around the world. Some of the funds may also be distributed to our recommended charities. The grant decisions will be determined by a review committee consisting of several ACE team members.
We are more likely to fund:
- Newer and/or younger organizations with high potential
- Projects focused on farmed animals
- Projects focused on advancing wild animal welfare (For our views on wild animal welfare, see our page on cause priorities.)
- Projects such as those funded in our first round and second round of grants
- Projects in regions where the animal advocacy movement is less well-established, such as areas outside of North America and Western Europe
We are less likely to fund:
- Larger, well-funded organizations
- Projects focused solely on companion animals, animal testing, animals in entertainment, or projects focused on rescuing and rehabilitating animals
- Direct care for animals (For our views on the value of sanctuaries, see our blog post on the topic.)
- Projects focused solely on species conservation or projects prioritizing ecosystems over the wellbeing of individual animals (For our views on effectively helping wild animals, see our page on cause priorities.)
- Well funded approaches such as leafleting and other individual outreach
- Approaches that are already being pursued by our Top Charities
- Grants exceeding $100,000
We are not able to fund:
- Organizations that encourage any form of animal exploitation
- Organizations that do not support ACE’s views on diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Projects that are purely for research purposes. For research proposals, please apply to our Animal Advocacy Research Fund. For more details, see our FAQ.
- Organizations registered in countries sanctioned by the U.S.
- Organizations directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office
How to Apply
We are currently not accepting applications.
Support and Guidance
ACE Movement Grants (formerly “Effective Animal Advocacy Fund”) receives a large number of applications from organizations located outside of the United States, and we recognize that English is a second language for many of them. If any part of the application process is unclear, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Movement Grants Program Officer, Marianne van der Werf.
Effective Animal Advocacy Fund is now ACE Movement Grants. See this blog post for our reasoning behind the name change.
See this blog post for updates to eligibility requirements.
A list of the backup information requested in the previous round can be found here. We may tailor requests for backup information depending on the type of organization applying for funding and the country/countries in which they operate. We share this list for informational purposes only and advise other organizations and grantmakers to consult with their legal advisors on how to set up their own due diligence process.