Grant Applicants

TCA is a charitable organization whose objective is to raise money for distribution to non-profit organizations that work toward improving the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and assist the people who work with them. Over the past 29 years, TCA has distributed over $23 million to more than 200 Thoroughbred industry organizations.

Grant applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 501 (c) (3) charitable organization
  • Organizations must work to uphold TCA’s mission of providing a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them.
  • Organizations should fall within at least one of the following categories:
    • Thoroughbred rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing, retirement, or incentive programs
    • Backstretch and farm employee assistance programs
    • Equine-assisted therapy organizations – must have a minimum of three registered Thoroughbreds 
    • Equine research organizations

*TCA does not fund first-year or start-up organizations
*TCA does not provide seed money nor fund proof of concept requests

New for 2019, TCA is using an online grant application platform called Submittable. We welcome your feedback on this new platform. Please email with any comments or suggestions. If you have any technical issues with the grant applications please email

2019 grant application for organizations that serve backstretch and farm workers

2019 grant application for aftercare and equine-assisted therapy organizations

Per the instructions in the grant applications, a statement of functional expenses form is available here.

Per the instructions in the aftercare and equine-assisted therapy grant application, the 2018 adoption list template can be found here.

Per the instructions in the aftercare and equine-assisted therapy grant application, the 2019 vet reference form can be found here.