Deadline Nears To Submit Grant Proposals to USE Equestrian Trust

Equine Non-Profits Must File Requests by May 7

Lexington, KY - There’s still time to submit proposals for the first round of USA Equestrian Trust grants in 2012.  IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations are invited to apply by going to the web site at to fill out the online grant application. The deadline is May 7 at 5 PM ET. 

In 2011, the Trust granted nearly $200,000 to help fund 10 projects. Past recipients of grants include those doing equine health research, land conservation, and educational programs. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Funding available for grants includes approximately $70,000 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

The May 7 deadline marks the conclusion of the first of two grant periods in 2012, as USA Equestrian Trust's board expanded the program this year. The second grant application period ends October 8.  "The board of USA Equestrian Trust felt it was crucial during this continued time of economic instability to expand our grants program to assist the many worthy equine non-profits in need of assistance. And while no charity can make grants to every deserving group, the Trust has significantly increased its giving since 2009 and hopes to continue to do so,” commented USA Equestrian Trust President Alan F. Balch.

The Trust has an easy online application process, which includes a review page on which non-profits can both proof and edit their applications before submitting. All applicants must submit a proposed budget for their projects as word processing documents. Applications cannot be submitted without one. If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail

For the first round of grants this year all grant applications MUST be submitted online or postmarked no later than May 7. No late applications will be considered.  To learn more about USA Equestrian Trust and/or its grant program for equine non-profits, visit the web site at

About the USA Equestrian Trust
USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America.
Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports, and the corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The Trust is a Sustaining Affiliate of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States.
The Trust is led by a volunteer board consisting of President Alan F. Balch (CA), Vice President Lisa Blackstone (GA), Secretary Georgie F. Green (TX), Treasurer Guy R. Warner (MN), and directors Linda L. Allen (CA), Karl V. Hart (FL), Kate Jackson (NY), Marianne Ludwig (FL) and Fred K. Sarver (KY). Serving as Assistant Secretary and Counsel is William A. Roos (NY).