Heidi and Joel are celebrating the Loyal Biscuit's 10th year of business in 2020. The Fenway Fund was created in January of 2019 as a means to provide funding for non-profit, animal related organizations within the state of Maine. Grants are funded by the proceeds of sales within the six retail locations and are awarded bi-annually to 501c3 organizations whose proposals are selected by a committee made up of Loyal Biscuit Co. employees. The Fund is a vital way for the Loyal Biscuit to support animal welfare within Maine communities by providing seed money for projects that will help better the lives of animals that often fall below funding availability.
In July 2019, the committee awarded $11,100 to four different organizations. Last week, the Loyal Biscuit committee selected their second round of applicants to receive grant funding for projects they felt best met the criteria of the fund, for a total donation of $10,000. The Fenway Fund has now provided over $21,000 to Maine animal – related 501(c)3 organizations.
Humane Society Waterville Area of Waterville, Maine will receive a $1,300 grant to purchase an ultrasound machine to help in the diagnoses of pregnancies for cats that arrive at the shelter. “We are so grateful for this grant. With kitten season fast approaching, this system will allow us to better identify pregnant cats, track pregnancies, identify potential issues and find appropriate fosters.” says Lisa Oakes, Executive Director of HSWA. “We're thrilled to have been chosen by a local business we truly consider a partner.”
Underhound Railroad, Maine-based rescue organization was awarded a $2,000 grant for the creation of a website. This will allow them to have a functioning website to post available animals and accept online applications, helping to find homes for their rescues in a more timely manner then what their current resources allow.
Maine Greyhound Placement Services of Augusta, Maine will receive a $6,700 grant to aid in the funding of a new fenced in area for their rescues. “Maine Greyhound Placement Service is incredibly grateful to Loyal Biscuit for creating the Fenway Community Fund and their ongoing support of local adoption groups. This grant is a vital part of our project and will be used to redesign the fenced areas that the greyhounds spend time in at least four times each day. We will also be adding an emergency section in case we need to evacuate the greyhounds from the kennel. This redesign will ensure the safety of our adoptable greyhounds and also the volunteers that work tirelessly to care for them. We will begin groundbreaking in the spring due to the generosity and support of LBC” stated Drena Byers, a volunteer with MGPS.
The application process for the Fenway Fund will re-open again in June 2020 for any 501c3 Maine animal related organizations. For more information or questions about the Fenway Fund application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.