Classroom Grant Program

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

We will be accepting applications until June 1, 2020 for the 2019-20 school year.

If you have received an initial grant in any previous year, you will only be eligible to apply for a $50 Sustaining Grant for the upcoming school year. To apply, you will need to log into your account and select the sustaining grant option.

3 simple steps to getting a grant from Pets in the Classroom

Do You Qualify?

  • Are you a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada?
  • Is this your first time applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant this school year?
  • Are you aware that if you’ve previously received a store or rebate grant, you are now ONLY eligible for the Sustaining Grant?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are eligible to apply.

If you meet the qualifications, you will receive a grant. Make sure that your desired animal is appropriate for your classroom before you apply, so you don’t get stuck having to switch to a different pet due to allergies or district regulations, which can cause significant delays. Involving students in the decision-making process (having them research and vote on the animal) is beneficial, as well. It’s a great team-building project and helps foster a sense of ownership.

How to Apply

The Pet Care Trust, in partnership with our industry retailers and pet product suppliers, offers three different types of Pets in the Classroom grants:

  • Store Grants (choose one of 6 participating retailers)
  • Rebate grants ($75 for small animal; $125 for fish/reptile/amphibian)
  • Sustaining ($50 yearly for maintenance of current pet)

Before deciding which grant to choose from, review our ”Is Your Class Ready for a Pet in the Classroom?” article.

Then, carefully consider

  1. What TYPE of classroom pet you are seeking?
  2. WHERE  do you like to shop for your pet supplies?

The grants offered by our retail partners are limited to the animal types listed in the grant description.