There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust's 2014 grants program. Internal Revenue Service- (IRS) registered equine nonprofit organizations are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at The deadline is 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 5.

In 2013, the trust awarded nearly $265,000 to help fund more than a dozen projects. The trust's financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Some past recipients of trust grants include:

  • The United States Pony Club received $9,855 in 2012 to help create a traveling display that serves as an interactive, educational experience for children.

    "The United States Pony Clubs develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies," said Shelley Mann, director of marketing and communications. "Through the grant received from USA Equestrian Trust, The United States Pony Clubs is now able to reach out at a grassroots level to bring the magic of horses to youth through interactive fun and a hands-on approach that will hopefully lead participants to a future with horses."

  • In 2013 the American Youth Horse Council received $5,000 to support the group's annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry.