The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) provides annual grants program to scholars and artists using their intellect, creativity, and compassion to build a deeper understanding of human–animal relationships and a greater respect for animal rights.
The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) began in 1985 under the auspices of animal rights philosopher Tom Regan (1938–2017) and his wife, Nancy. Nancy heard about Los Angeles–based performance artist Rachel Rosenthal (1926–2015), who brought animals on stage to open people’s hearts and minds to the “others” with whom they share the Earth. Nancy was struck by the celebratory nature of the event—animal advocacy that used art and culture to raise awareness. Nancy’s vision, complemented by her husband Tom’s academic leadership as a philosopher, helped CAF take shape.
CAF funds academic and artistic projects that raise public awareness about animal rights. Grants are awarded in three categories: Research (scholarly projects about animal advocacy and its cultural roots and impact); Creativity (original work by artists and thinkers that expresses positive concern for animals); and Performance (public performances and exhibitions to raise awareness of animal advocacy).
CAF does not fund “hands-on” projects, including animal rescue, public protest or trap-neuter-release programs. CAF also does not support species conservation projects, unless they include a commitment to animal rights and fit into one of the three categories of creativity, performance, or research. CAF does not fund projects that consist entirely of attending or speaking at a conference or conferences. It does not fund book production (CAF does support research and writing). CAF does not fund indirect costs: no portion of a CAF grant may be used for “administrative costs,” “overhead,” or any other form of indirect cost.
– CAF accepts grant applications from any country.
– Past recipients are welcome to apply again for funding of a new endeavor or continued development of a previously funded project. However, priority for funding will be given to new applicants.
– Applications should be submitted in English.