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Pets in the Classroom

Grants to USA and Canada PreK-9 Teachers for
New Classroom Pets or Current Pet Maintenance

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pet Care Trust

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 - Applications are accepted from August 1 through June 1 each school year.


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Grants of up to $125 and in-kind grants of pet store discounts to USA and Canada PreK-9 public and private school teachers to purchase classroom pets, or to help cover the costs of current pet maintenance. Funding is intended to provide children with the experience of bonding with and caring for their pets responsibly.

Three types of grants are available:

- Store Grants (choose one of 6 participating retailers)
- Rebate Grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)
- Sustaining Grants ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

If you are seeking a classroom pet not listed on one of the retailer grants, or if you choose to shop at a different pet store other than one listed, you can choose the Pets in the Classroom Rebate grant. This is a rebate program that allows the teacher to make purchases and then submit receipts for reimbursement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160107

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Store Grants - Each of the 6 participating retailers provide discounts and coupons to purchase pets and supplies.
- Rebate Grants - $75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian
- Sustaining Grants - $50 yearly for maintenance of current pet

Term of Contract:

Applications are for the 2018-19 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Teachers who have previously received a Pets in the Classroom store or rebate grant are only eligible to apply for the Sustaining Grant.
- (Grades 10-12, Homeschools, Home Daycare Centers and Home-based preschools do not qualify at this time.)
- The welfare of the small animals involved is of paramount importance; therefore, these grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.
- Eligible pets include small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and arachnids. Dogs, cats and other larger house pets do not qualify. Other organisms that do not qualify include: Insects (butterflies, cockroaches, etc.), worm/composting projects, or livestock (such as chickens/egg incubators).

Please note: Expired certificates or coupons will not be accepted and grants are not transferable.

Pre-Application Information:

Before you apply, make sure you know your school district’s regulations as to which pets are allowed in the classroom. You may only submit one application per school year.

The Foundation accept grants from August 1 through June 1st each school year. Grants are NOT first-come, first served. If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a grant,

Many teachers mistakenly think they have a better chance of receiving a grant if they apply early; however, they sometimes end up having to switch their grant to a different animal because of allergies and other factors they were not aware of before school started. It’s best to wait until you are sure that the animal is the right fit for the classroom before you apply.

Before deciding which grant to choose from, review the ”Is Your Class Ready for a Pet in the Classroom?” article:

Information on choosing a classroom pet:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Choose the appropriate grant type and apply online:

Email contact form:
Phone: 443-921-2825 x 114 or 120

3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite H
Abingdon, MD 21009

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