Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award up to $330,000 in funding under the California Pet Lover’s License Plate grant program to help stop pet overpopulation in California.


The purpose of this program is to help stop pet overpopulation in California by providing funds for spay/neuter services to municipalities and non‐profit organizations in California. The revenue received from the sale and renewal of the license plate is awarded annually through grant agreements to eligible organizations.

The grant duration is one (1) year from June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022. Grant funds cannot be expended before June 1, 2021 or after May 31, 2022. Grant Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. However, CDFA reserves the right to offer an award different than the amount requested.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Veterinary facilities registered and in good standing with the Veterinary Medical Board, overseen by responsible licensee manager licensed and in good standing with the Veterinary Medical Board, and operated by one of the following: a California city or county; city and county; an animal care or control agency; or a nonprofit meeting the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) that is registered and in good standing with the Secretary of State.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Spring 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$5,000 – $50,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The Pet Lover's License Plate Grant program is authorized by SB 673.  This program is funded by fees associated with the original purchase, annual renewal, and conversion of Pet Lover’s license plates from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. 3

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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