Earlier this year, Changing Leads applied for a Remy Fund Grant from the Community of Greater Birmingham, and after careful consideration and a visit to Longview Farm near Birmingham, Alabama, with Board members Ali Goodrich and Kirstin Murphy, Changing Leads was awarded our very first grant. The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services awards grants every year to companion animal-focused nonprofit organizations in the Greater Birmingham area.
Changing Leads President Ali Goodrich says, “On behalf of the Board of Directors for Changing Leads Thoroughbred Retraining Project, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s recognition, encouragement, and support. We’re excited and honored to be among the 2016 grant recipients.”
Preparing for and applying for grants is a significant step in the growth and development of the Changing Leads program. Over the last year, Changing Leads has been gearing up to apply for the aftercare industry’s large scale grants with Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) in addition to the Remy Fund and other local and national animal services grants. Among other requirements, aftercare organizations are required to have been operating for at least three years in order to apply TAA and TCA accreditation and grants. Changing Leads accepted and began retraining our first mount in February of 2014, making 2017 three years in operation and our first year eligible to apply. The Board believes receiving the Remy Grant is a first and very important step in this greater process.
Ken Jackson established the Remy Fund, a special Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, named for his late dog, Remy, in 2010. Ken, who is an active member of the grant committee says, “These grants change the lives of countless companion animals, and the humans they touch.” This year the Remy Fund announced a record $50,000 in grants awarded to 11 companion animal focused nonprofit organizations. This is the largest amount of grants awarded to date by the fund. In the past six years the fund has granted nearly $200,000 to animal agencies serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties in the state of Alabama.