Grants

A variety of grants and scholarships are available to you

The NCHC Horse Industry Grant Program is charged to solicit and fund strong horse industry proposals which enhance our mission and support our organizational goals and strategic plan. In order to better accomplish these goals this new grant structure has been adopted. Grants will be accepted in each category throughout the year until all grant funds have been expended.  The Board voted to budget $200,000 for grants in 2020.

Grants are available in the following categories:

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Health and Research Grants

Health & Research Grants must address an equine health related need of the horse industry.

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Equine Safety Net Grant Program

The Equine Safety Net was established to assist those caring horse owners who have temporary financial setbacks (such as a job loss, disaster or medical incident within the past 6 months) and are having difficulties feeding and caring for their horses.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the North Carolina Horse Council is expanding this grant program to not only provide hay and feed but also to help cover Boarding costs, Veterinary costs and other necessities to maintain the health of our horses. These are small grants of $150 dollars per
month and are renewable for a second month.

We are also accepting COVID-19 as a reason for seeking the assistance. Grants will be reviewed every Friday and paid out on Monday of the following week.

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Gelding Voucher Grant

The NCHC Gelding Program was established to ensure that all equines have access to castration surgeries, regardless of their caretakers’ financial situation.

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Euthanasia Voucher Grant

The NCHC Euthanasia Program was established to ensure that aged, injured, or unwanted North Carolina horses whose owners could not otherwise afford the service, may be euthanized regardless of their caretakers’ financial situation.

Advance approval for the service is not necessary. In the event that a client needs a horse euthanized but cannot afford the service veterinarians may humanely end the equines life with confidence that the North Carolina Horse Council will reimburse the servicing veterinarian up to $50 per animal (maximum $150 per household).

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Trail Grant

Equine land access is a serious issue for North Carolina and our trail riding community. In addition, our trails continue to be threatened by closure or decreased in mileage. No one knows better where the priorities are than the local trail associations who, with this grant program, would partner with the NCHC to implement our strategic plans and promote NC as a trail destination state. NC Trail Associations are encouraged to apply for trail grants across the state.

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Education / Community Program

Education is vital to the NCHC mission.  By establishing an Educational Grant program addressing state-wide interests and placing a high priority on replicability and uniqueness we would hope to reach a larger number of the equine community.

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Development Grant

This category was created to allow the NCHC to consider special one-time requests which would be for a larger dollar amount and address the infra structure of the Equine Industry.  This would include capital support of our existing or new equine show facilities, the Equine Educational Units at our Land Grant Institutions or other major capital improvements which would benefit the equine industry as a whole.

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Youth Scholarships

The North Carolina Horse Council will offer a total of 5 scholarships of $100 each to interested middle school or high school youth interested in attending or participating in an equine related activity such as a recognized 4-H event, Pony Club event , summer camp or other equine related program. In addition, scholarship grants may be submitted by a youth to participate in a certified equine therapy program.

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Nonprofit Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) Program

Equine-assisted therapy is a method of therapy that uses horses as a tool to help individuals with physical, mental and emotional conditions gain confidence and work through the healing process. The bond that is formed between the horse and the client is often a strong one that helps the client process feelings, gain skills and ameliorate fears.

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Charles Hopkins Albritton III Scholarship

The NCHC Charles Albritton Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to college bound high school seniors with superior academic and extracurricular achievements who desire to pursue a career in the equine industry. Honorees are selected by a committee of the Board of Directors of the Council and approved by the NCHC Executive Committee.

 

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Equine Scholarship Application

The North Carolina Horse Council annually awards two scholarships of $1,000.00 each to North Carolina students who have demonstrated academic success, equine community involvement and volunteerism.