Small Initiatives Fund

Organisations wanting to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in countries other than where the Brooke works, can apply for a small grant.

The Brooke’s small initiatives fund (SIF)

The Brooke works across the developing world aiming to relieve immediate pain and suffering (through our veterinary treatment) and improve substantially the health and welfare (through our community programmes) of hundreds of thousands of sick and injured working horses, donkeys and mules.

We do this because there are around 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules across the world and during the course of their lives, it is estimated that more than half of these animals suffer from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition as a result of excessive workloads and limited animal health services. This results in suffering for the animals and insecure livelihoods for the people relying on them. These problems can be avoided.

The purpose of the SIF is to provide a means by which Brooke can offer a limited level of financial support, up to £5,000, to organisations which are working to improve the welfare of working equine animals in the developing world, but which do not qualify to receive a more substantial level of funding and technical support from the International Department.

Next step

In order to be eligible for a SIF, organisations must be working outside our current countries of operation. India is the exception due to their current SIF pilot. If you are an organisation in India interested in SIF please contact our Brooke India team using the following e-mail address clearly stating your interest in applying for a SIF: mail@thebrookeindia.org

Applications for SIF are accepted and reviewed quarterly against the Brooke’s criteria and must be approved by the SIF Committee. For more information about how to apply, download the SIF application guidelines for 2014/15 as a pdf or word document.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail: sif@thebrooke.org

Organisatiosn we have funded to date: 

Organisations

Country

Year and duration

Title of project

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2009-10, 8 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru

Africa Animal Welfare Action (AAWA)

Kenya

2009-10, 5 days

Africa Union Animal Welfare Action (AU-AWA) Conference

Animal Defense and Environmental Protection (ADA) (Asociación Defensora de los Animales)

Colombia

2009-10, 4 months

Campaign to diagnose oral problems and dental maintenance for street horses, which work as vehicles in the city of Bogotá Colombia.

Cambridge Mongolia Development Appeal (CAMDA)

Mongolia

2010-11, 9 weeks

Mobile Vet Project,  Dundgobi Province

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2011-12, 6 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru – Continuing the Care

Tanzania Animals Protection Organisation (TAPO)

Tanzania

2011-12, 6 months

Promoting Donkey Welfare among the Donkey owners/handlers at Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, Western Tanzania

Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ)

Zimbabwe

2011-12, 1 year

VAWZ Outreach Programme for Donkeys in Zimbabwe

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2011-12, 11 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru – Continuing the Care

All About Animals (AAA) UK

The Gambia

2012-13, 4 months

Working with local communities to improve short and teach long term welfare for working equines

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT)

The Gambia

2012-13, 1 year

Education and Training Programmes with a focus on Harnessing

Tanzania Animals Protection Organisation (TAPO)

Tanzania

2012-13, 6 months

Promoting Donkey Welfare among the Donkey owners/handlers at Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, Western Tanzania

All About Animals (AAA) UK

The Gambia

2013-14, 3 months

To promote and bring about a permanent and sustainable change in attitude towards the welfare of working equines in the Gambia.

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2013-14, 9 months

Equine Care and Education in Northern Peru


Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT): "We are very grateful to the Brooke for enabling us to expand our teaching and harness workshops for the benefit of the Gambians and their working animals." ©The Brooke

School children learning about animal welfare

AHSFA (Peru): “Over the past few years we have achieved – what we feel is – great success with our working equine health care projects. These projects have been made possible by the Brooke’s, Small Initiative fund. In doing so, we have established a good relationship with our surrounding municipalities, communities, schools and of course the local people.” © The Brooke

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