2023 Grant Guidelines

The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund was founded in 2019 as a tribute to Ursula Landsrath. In addition to her career as a fashion model, movie stunt driver, skydiver, hotel manager, fashion boutique manager, and real estate investor, Ursula was a steadfast animal welfare advocate. In 2001, she founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia that distributed more than $1 million in grants around the Commonwealth. ULARF continues her legacy and will consider applications from nonprofit organizations serving or rescuing animals in Virginia. ULARF is now accepting applications for its 2023 grant cycle.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity in good standing with the IRS;
  • Applicants must be an animal welfare organization;
  • Applicants must be incorporated and operational in Virginia, and
  • Organizations may only submit one application to ULARF per year.

Grantmaking Priorities

  • Spay/neuter, Trap Neuter Return programs for feral cats;
  • Emergency medical funds, supplies, and equipment for farm, domestic, or wild animals;
  • Costs of emergency repairs to organization facilities (unanticipated electrical/plumbing/water heaters, etc);
  • Public outreach and education program expenses; and/or,
  • Virginia-based regional animal assistance organizations providing support to smaller, local animal rescue or assistance organizations.

What ULARF Will Not Fund

  • ULARF will generally not consider funding for wages, salaries, personnel, or training expenses.
  • ULARF will not provide funding for fundraising or development costs.
  • ULARF will generally not consider funding for vehicle purchases.
  • ULARF will generally not consider funding for animal-assisted human therapy services; however animal-assisted therapy organizations may be considered only if animal rescue is a considerable part of their mission, programming, and funding request.

Application Deadlines and Review
Applications must be submitted electronically through our online grant portal. Applications will be accepted starting August 30, 2023, and are due by Monday, October 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. The ULARF Grants Committee members will review applications and make funding recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors for approval.

Pre-Application Workshop
An optional pre-application workshop will be held by Zoom on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. To register, visit:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrfuuqpj8uGNQKWUtheVqw939jC9shEoCZ. A recording of the workshop will be emailed to all who register.

Grant Size, Notification, and Final Reporting
Grants are expected to range from $1,000 to $3,000 per organization. An estimated $50,000 will be available for distribution. It is anticipated that grants will be announced by December 1, 2023. No final grant report will be required; however, grantees may be requested to provide an update on the progress of their grant-funded project during the grant cycle and also during the next year’s application cycle if they reapply for funding. Grantees must expend their grant funding within one year from when funds will be awarded and funds must be expended for the purpose described in the submitted proposal. Extensions may be allowed, but must be approved in writing in advance.

Application Instructions.
Applications are accepted through our online grant portal:  https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cflf.

Contact Nicole Acosta at [email protected].