How to apply

Do you have a project for which you would like to apply for support? You can read more about the application process and learn about what an application should contain. You can also read about our deadlines and evaluation requirements.

Is your project within our support area?

The QATO Foundation’s support areas are relatively broad, in that we support projects which contribute towards promoting and ensuring animal welfare. However, we primarily support projects which promote welfare for pets and other animals which live closely together with people. Animals that are not thriving in human custody have a special focus within the foundation.


When we assess an application, we focus first and foremost on whether the project can contribute to promoting welfare for the animals which the project deals with. This can either be a direct help to animals, via research projects, broader cooperation, or projects which promote education or communication in general.

A good application

When you are certain that your project suits our purposes and lies within our support areas, then the next step is to formulate an application.


We do not have a standard template for project applications, so you choose the format for your application yourself. We have compiled some good advice for your application below.


  • You should describe your project clearly, and in a few pages, in your application.
  • We would especially like to understand what you would like to achieve with your project, and why your project is important – that is, which problem the project will help to solve and for which animals.
  • We would also like you to present the methods which you will use in the project - so, the method could for example be, on a very practical basis, that animals’ enclosures are rebuilt to better meet with the animals’ natural needs, or be a scientific method to use in a research project. You are welcome to describe why you have chosen to use precisely this method for your project.
  • We would also like to hear a little about who you are as an applicant. You are welcome to make a brief presentation of your organisation, or yourself if you apply as a private person.

Budget and appendices

In order for us to assess your application, it is important that you attach a budget for the project. The budget can be very simple, as long as it is clear, comprehensive, and self-explanatory.


A good budget contains an overview of relevant items, and as a rule of thumb, we make higher demands to the budget the higher the amount that is being applied for in support. It is not so crucial to us how you set up your budget - whether it is in Word, Excel, or another manner.


Upload the budget and relevant appendices together with the application. An example of a relevant appendix can be an offer from a supplier.

Deadlines, response time, and uploading of applications

The QATO Foundation is always open for the submission of applications. Incoming applications are processed at the foundation’s board meetings, which are typically held four times per year. This means that there can be up to three to four months of processing time.


If you have an urgent project, you are welcome to contact the secretariat and hear about when the foundation’s next board meeting will be held.


Your application and all documentation can be uploaded via our digital system. You cannot apply the foundation by email or letter. If you have any questions in the course of the application process you are always welcome to contact the secretariat.


If you wish to apply to the QATO Foundation for support, could you please contact our secretariat, who will share a link to the application site, which gives you direct access to upload your application and other relevant information about your organisation or yourself as an applicant. The contact information can be found by clicking below.


When you have uploaded your application into the application system, you will receive a receipt e-mail. When we have processed your application at the next board meeting, you will shortly afterwards receive a written reply – likewise via e-mail. Unfortunately, we do not, as a matter of principle, give reasons for refusals.

Final report

For large projects, we require you to fill in a brief final report when the project is completed. Here, you can, amongst other things, explain the project’s results measured against the desired effect. If it is relevant, you can also include a few photographs. It is always exciting for us to hear about the results of the projects that we support. - And perhaps the project has taught you something new which you did not expect?


Download a final report template here.