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Pets in the Classroom Grant Program

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

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Pet Care Trust

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Grants of up to $125 and in-kind grants of pet store discounts to USA and Canada PreK-9 teachers to teach about responsible pet care and bonding with animals. Funding is intended to offset the costs of current pet maintenance or for the purchase of new pets for the classroom. Eligible pets include small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and arachnids.

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

The Pet Care Trust, in partnership with industry retailers and pet product suppliers, offers three different types of Pets in the Classroom grants:

  • Store Grants (choose one of 6 participating retailers)
  • Rebate grants (for small animal and fish/reptile/amphibian)
  • Sustaining (for maintenance of current pet)

You may purchase your pet, its habitat, food, bedding, toys, gravel, filters, lights, or anything else required to support your pet to live in your classroom.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160107

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The Pet Care Trust, in partnership with our industry retailers and pet product suppliers, offers three different types of Pets in the Classroom grants:
- Store Grants (choose one of 6 participating retailers)
- Rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)
- Sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are offered to Pre-Kindergarten through 9th-grade teachers in both public and private schools. (Grades 10-12, Homeschools, Home Daycare Centers and Home-based preschools do not qualify at this time.)

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are eligible to apply:
- Are you a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada?
- Is this your first time applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant this school year?
- Are you aware that if you’ve previously received a store or rebate grant, you are now only eligible for the Sustaining Grant?

These grants must not be used for the purposes of research or experiments of any kind.

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).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are accepted from August 1 through June 1st each year. As of August 1st, grant applications are being accepted for the 2020-21 School Year.

For the regular store coupon grants, you should receive an email notification within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. If approved, you should receive your coupons in the U.S. mail within 4 -6 weeks of when you apply. For the rebate and sustaining grants, you should receive an email with the grant certificate attached within 2-3 weeks of when you apply. During times of very high volume (August – October), it may take a little longer to get your coupons out to you.

You may only submit one application per school year. You may only create one account with us. Having multiple accounts may void any grants awarded.

If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a grant. The rebate grant and the regular store coupon grants (from Petco, Petsmart, etc.) are one-time-only grants. You may receive one of these grants the first year you apply. After that, you may apply for the sustaining grant to help pay for your pet’s upkeep. You may apply for the sustaining grant every year.

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, or if you’re thinking about adopting or rehoming a pet, you can choose the Pets in the Classroom Rebate grant. This is a rebate program that allows the teacher to make purchases then submit receipts for reimbursement.

Make sure that your desired animal is appropriate for your classroom before you apply, so you don’t get stuck having to switch to a different pet due to allergies or district regulations, which can cause significant delays.

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

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For questions or if you do not hear anything from us regarding your grant after 2-3 weeks, you may contact, tel:443-921-2825 X 120, or, tel:443-921-2825 X 114.

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Phone: 443-921-2825 x 114 or 120

Pets in the Classroom
3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive
Suite H
Abingdon, MD 21009

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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