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 care for them. Over the past 31 years, TCA has distributed over $24 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


 2021 grant applications are available below.
Each applicant should only submit ONE application from the applicable category.
Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2021. Late applications will be disqualified.
Grants are awarded in early September.


2021 Grant Application for Aftercare and Equine-Assisted Therapy Organizations – Complete this application if your organization provides direct care for horses.


2021 Grant Application for Backstretch/Farm Employee and Research Organizations – Complete this application if your organization focuses on health and human services for people or is a research organization. 

If you need assistance determining which grant application to complete please email Erin at ecrady@tca.org.