The ASPCA and Rachael Ray are offering $600,000 in grants this year to reward your hard work and help you continue to save more lives. But before we show you the money, we just want to be clear about the biggest prize of all:
Grand Prize: $100,000 Grant
The shelter that saves the most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in June, July and August of 2013 compared to the same time in 2012 will win the grand prize. See how the 2011 grand prize winner did it.
Community Engagement Award: $25,000
The contestant that increases lives saved by at least 300 and does the best job of getting community members directly involved in saving more lives will win the $25,000 Community Engagement Award. The winner will be selected from three finalists determined by the Community Engagement voting between August 15 and 31.
Best In Division: $25,000 Grants
The shelter in each division that saves the most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens June through August will win Best In Division. Note that the grand prize-winner will be considered Best In Division for that division, but will not win an additional $25,000. Check out one of the past division leaders.
Second Place In Division: $15,000 Grants
The shelter in each division that saves the second most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens June through August will win the second place prize. See how the Humane Society of South Mississippi won second place in 2011.
Most Improved Player: $10,000 Grants
The contestant in each division that achieves the biggest percent increase in lives saved over the same three months the year before will win the Most Improved Player for that division. Note that the grand prize winner is not eligible to win this additional grant.
Save 300 More Lives: $5,000 Grant
Every shelter that increases lives saved by at least 300 will win $5,000.
Month One Fast Start Prizes: $5,000 Grants
The shelter in each division that saves the most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the end of the first month of the Challenge will win a Fast Start grant.
Month Two Seventh Inning Stretch Prizes: $5,000 Grants
The shelter in each division that saves the most additional dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the end of the second month of the Challenge will win a Seventh Inning Stretch grant.
Note: All of the above grants are based on increase in lives saved, which is determined by comparing lives saved in June, July and August of 2013 compared to the same three months in 2012. See the Challenge rules.
We Did It Grants: $1,000 Grants
Every contestant that successfully finishes the Challenge and submits final data on time can win a $1,000 scholarship to send a leadership-level staff person to the Challenge Debrief at the 2013 Society for Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) Annual Conference in Tempe, Arizona. The one-day debrief will afford leaders the opportunity to network and learn with fellow contestants. Participants can enjoy even more professional development by attending the full SAWA conference on us.
Note: Every contestant is eligible for this scholarship, regardless of the number of lives they save in the contest.