LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that grants totaling over $821,000 were awarded this year. 75 organizations were approved for a grant including 45 aftercare organizations, 20 backstretch and farm worker programs, six equine-assisted therapy organizations, three Thoroughbred incentive programs, and one research organization. Grant recipients can be found on www.tca.org. Over the last 33 years, TCA has awarded more than $26 million in grants.
TCA’s 2023 grants to aftercare organizations were bolstered by support from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Race to Give online fundraising campaign. Last year’s Race to Give raised over $35,000 for approved organizations.
“Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to be able to award grants to 75 organizations working tirelessly on behalf of Thoroughbreds and backstretch and farm workers,” said Erin Halliwell executive director of TCA. “We are so proud of the impact our grantees make and we are pleased to support their work.”
Grant applications for the 2024 grant cycle will be available in mid-January.
TCA’s mission is to fund and facilitate the support of Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs; and research organizations. Since its inception in 1990, TCA has granted over $26 million to more than 200 charities. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).