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 30 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


The 2020 grant application deadline is May 1. Grants will be awarded in September. 


The 2020 grant application for aftercare and equine-assisted therapy organizations is available here. This application must be used for any applicants that provide direct care for horses. The following supporting documents are available for download:

  • The required vet reference form is available here. 
  • A fillable 2019 statement of functional expenses can be found here. This is required for organizations that utilize the Form 990EZ.


The 2020 grant application for backstretch/farm employee programs and research organizations is available here. The following supporting documents are available for download:

  • A fillable 2019 statement of functional expenses can be found here. This is required for organizations that utilize the Form 990EZ.