The Humane Research Council (HRC) — an organization touting “the world’s most comprehensive database of public opinion and behavior research about animals and related environmental issues” — is offering, through their Grassroots Research Fund, pro bono services to at least two small animal rights organizations. The grants, which are valued at up to $5000, provide your group with the following: full research consultation to refine your objectives and define the best approach to reach them; implementation of the research effort including developing research materials, recruiting respondents, and analyzing results, and interpretation of findings and implications. 501(c)(3) status is not required, but a budget of less than $250,000 is, as is a U.S. base, and the project must support one or more animal protection issues. Deadline to apply is July 1.
HRC is one of those organizations that I look at with absolute awe. The services they provide to the animal protection community are unique and necessary. To quote Kim Stallwood’s testimonial to HRC, “For too long, the animal advocacy movement has developed programs and materials that are not developed with careful market analysis.”