Announcing our summer 2020 ACE Movement Grants

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We are ex­cited to an­nounce the grantees of the third round of ACE Move­ment Grants. The goal of this pro­gram, pre­vi­ously known as the Effec­tive An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy Fund, is to sup­port a di­verse group of pro­jects. To learn more about our pro­cess and vi­sion for the pro­gram, see our re­cent blog posts an­nounc­ing the re­nam­ing of the grant pro­gram and spring 2019 grantees.

At the start of 2020, the Move­ment Grants pro­gram had $790,064 available to dis­burse over two rounds of fund­ing—one in the sum­mer and one in the fall. For the sum­mer round, we re­ceived 116 ap­pli­ca­tions and were able to fund 19 of the pro­posed pro­jects, or 16%, dis­burs­ing a to­tal of $341,250 in di­rect grants. Thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved, and con­grat­u­la­tions to our suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants!

De­scrip­tion of Grants

An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy Ca­reers ($10,000)

An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy Ca­reers (AAC) seeks to ad­dress the ca­reer and tal­ent bot­tle­necks in the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment. This grant will help cover gen­eral op­er­at­ing costs. Cur­rently, AAC offers per­sonal and gen­eral sup­port for those want­ing to max­i­mize their im­pact through their ca­reers and con­ducts ex­plo­ra­tory re­search into the job roles available in an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy. We think in­vest­ing in an­i­mal ad­vo­cates via skill build­ing should be a pri­or­ity in the move­ment. More speci­fi­cally, we ap­pre­ci­ate AAC’s ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing the man­age­ment and lead­er­ship skills of an­i­mal ad­vo­cates. As AAC is a new or­ga­ni­za­tion, we look for­ward to see­ing their work evolve.

An­i­mal Jus­tice ($10,000)

An­i­mal Jus­tice ad­vo­cates for an­i­mals us­ing a va­ri­ety of ap­proaches, in­clud­ing lob­by­ing and ad­vo­cacy for new an­i­mal pro­tec­tion laws, filing strate­gi­cally cho­sen law­suits, and lev­er­ag­ing me­dia to ob­tain ex­po­sure and ed­u­cate peo­ple. The grant will help fund their cam­paign to stop the spread of ag-gag laws in Canada. Th­ese anti-whistle­blower laws would make un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion work more challeng­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are key to many farmed an­i­mal welfare cam­paigns; there­fore, we be­lieve coun­ter­ing ag-gag laws is an im­por­tant av­enue to pur­sue. Be­cause of An­i­mal Jus­tice’s pre­vi­ous work in sup­port of Cana­dian laws ban­ning whale and dolphin cap­tivity, An­i­mal Jus­tice is in a good po­si­tion to carry out their new cam­paign.

As­so­ci­ação Vege­tar­i­ana Por­tuguesa ($10,000)

As­so­ci­ação Vege­tar­i­ana Por­tuguesa (AVP) ad­vo­cates for a plant-based diet via ed­u­ca­tion, cor­po­rate ad­vo­cacy, ca­pac­ity build­ing, and poli­ti­cal lob­by­ing in Por­tu­gal and at the Euro­pean Union (EU) level. We ap­pre­ci­ate their strate­gic ap­proach: They have changed their tac­tics over the years to max­i­mize their im­pact. This grant will sup­port the pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion of their or­ga­ni­za­tion. We are ex­cited to help fund the pro­jects that will al­low the or­ga­ni­za­tion to grow and be­come more self-suffi­cient.

Cen­ter for An­i­mal Law Stud­ies ($10,000)

The Cen­ter for An­i­mal Law Stud­ies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School re­quested fund­ing for the launch of their Global Am­bas­sador Pro­gram (the “GAP”). The GAP aims to lev­er­age the in­ter­ests of CALS’s in­ter­na­tional An­i­mal Law LLM alumni to start an­i­mal pro­tec­tion ini­ti­a­tives in their home coun­tries. Since launch­ing the An­i­mal Law LLM pro­gram in 2012, CALS has wel­comed over 50 stu­dents from more than 20 coun­tries, such as Aus­tralia, China, In­dia, Kenya, Pak­istan, Tan­za­nia, Uganda, and the U.S. CALS Am­bas­sadors will con­duct an­i­mal law ed­u­ca­tion through ad­vo­cacy and out­reach in their home coun­tries. Their work may in­clude cre­at­ing CALS satel­lites at law schools, start­ing an­i­mal law com­mit­tees at their re­spec­tive bar or­ga­ni­za­tions, and pre­sent­ing on new de­vel­op­ments. We are ea­ger to see more an­i­mal law ini­ti­a­tives de­velop around the world.

The Cen­ter for An­i­mal Law Stud­ies re­ceived Move­ment Grants in the spring and fall of 2019.

En­com­pass ($35,000)

En­com­pass is work­ing to make the farmed an­i­mal pro­tec­tion move­ment more effec­tive by fos­ter­ing racial equity. This grant will go to­ward their pro­grams, which in­clude work­ing with pro­fes­sional farmed an­i­mal pro­tec­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions to max­i­mize staff im­pact by in­te­grat­ing racial equity prin­ci­ples through­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion, lift­ing peo­ple of the global ma­jor­ity into lead­er­ship roles, and con­duct­ing re­search to benefit the move­ment. The grant will also help fund the Global Ma­jor­ity Cau­cus, a col­lab­o­ra­tive space de­signed to em­power ad­vo­cates of the global ma­jor­ity by cul­ti­vat­ing their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and pro­vid­ing the re­sources and sup­port they need to thrive within the move­ment. We be­lieve racial equity is key to mak­ing the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment more effec­tive and bet­ter equipped to at­tract and main­tain tal­ent.

En­com­pass re­ceived a pre­vi­ous Move­ment Grant in the spring of 2019.

Free­dom and Re­spect for Every Earth­ling ($12,000)

Free­dom and Re­spect for Every Earth­ling (F.R.E.E.) works in Ro­ma­nia to cre­ate change for farmed an­i­mals via ve­gan out­reach, cage-free cam­paigns, and hu­mane ed­u­ca­tion. With this grant, they plan to hire a fundraiser to make F.R.E.E. more self-suffi­cient. We are pleased to help fund this pro­ject in Ro­ma­nia, a coun­try that is rel­a­tively ne­glected within the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment. We are grate­ful for F.R.E.E.’s in­vest­ment in their em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers by offer­ing task-based and in­ter­per­sonal skills train­ing, e.g., plan­ning, prob­lem-solv­ing, giv­ing feed­back, and con­flict re­s­olu­tion. We be­lieve that by in­vest­ing in its peo­ple, the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment will grow stronger and more sus­tain­able. We also ap­pre­ci­ate F.R.E.E.’s ded­i­ca­tion to trans­parency, value al­ign­ment, and im­prove­ment of their cam­paigns.

Ma­te­rial In­no­va­tion Ini­ti­a­tive ($25,000)

Ma­te­rial In­no­va­tion Ini­ti­a­tive (MII) aims to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als for the fash­ion, au­to­mo­tive, and home goods in­dus­tries, with a fo­cus on re­plac­ing an­i­mal-based ma­te­ri­als. The founders have ex­pe­rience do­ing similar work in the plant-based meat and dairy in­dus­tries. We be­lieve im­prove­ments of ma­te­ri­als would be a good com­ple­ment to the plant-based food in­dus­try. We think their pro­gram to de­velop al­ter­na­tives for silk is es­pe­cially promis­ing, as it is one of the few pro­jects in an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy that fo­cus on in­ver­te­brates, a highly ne­glected and nu­mer­ous group. The grant will be used for fundrais­ing pur­poses, in­clud­ing hiring a fundraiser.

Menú por el Planeta ($4,000)

Menú por el Planeta (trans­la­tion: Menu for the Planet) is a pro­ject that aims to in­crease plant-based op­tions in Span­ish uni­ver­si­ties. As uni­ver­si­ties in Spain are now closed, Menú por el Planeta has shifted their at­ten­tion in­ward, us­ing this time to im­prove their op­er­a­tions and scale up the ini­ti­a­tive. They are work­ing to pro­fes­sion­al­ize the tools they use, iden­tify bot­tle­necks in the cam­paign, cre­ate new ma­te­ri­als, and im­prove brand aware­ness of the cam­paign. We think in­ter­nal im­prove­ments are of­ten highly effec­tive in push­ing a cam­paign or pro­ject for­ward. We are ex­cited to sup­port these ini­ti­a­tives.

Re­think Pri­ori­ties ($35,000)

Re­think Pri­ori­ties is a think tank ded­i­cated to re­search­ing the best ways to make the world a bet­ter place, fo­cus­ing on differ­ent top­ics—one of them be­ing non­hu­man an­i­mals. We ap­pre­ci­ate their work for groups that are ex­tremely ne­glected in the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment, such as in­ver­te­brates, and we have been im­pressed with their re­search so far. We be­lieve Re­think Pri­ori­ties’ re­search can help iden­tify promis­ing av­enues for the move­ment; there­fore, their work has the po­ten­tial to be highly effec­tive.

SHAMAYIM: Jewish An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy ($4,000)

SHAMAYIM: Jewish An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that runs pro­grams, cam­paigns, and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to teach the Jewish com­mu­nity about an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy and ve­g­anism. This grant will be di­rected to­ward their Shamayim Cam­pus Fel­low­ship, which aims to give Jewish col­lege stu­dents the tools and sup­port they need to ed­u­cate their com­mu­ni­ties about an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy. Fel­lows are ex­pected to or­ga­nize five cam­pus events to teach other stu­dents about plant-based eat­ing in con­nec­tion with the Jewish faith, the cli­mate, per­sonal health, and an­i­mal welfare. This year, due to COVID-19, stu­dents will be cre­at­ing vir­tual learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, where they will or­ches­trate dis­cus­sion groups, book clubs, film events, and ve­gan cook­ing work­shops. We think that in­vest­ing in young ac­tivists is a promis­ing ap­proach and that lev­er­ag­ing ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships is an effec­tive way to spread pro-an­i­mal val­ues.

Aquatic Life In­sti­tute ($30,000)

The Aquatic Life In­sti­tute (ALI) is a new or­ga­ni­za­tion that aims to ad­vise and fund re­search on aquatic an­i­mals with a fo­cus on farmed fishes, a highly ne­glected and tractable area. ALI pur­sues its mis­sion through its five pillars: re­search, coal­i­tion build­ing, key stake­holder cam­paigns, leg­is­la­tive and lob­by­ing work, and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion efforts. We be­lieve that work to im­prove the welfare of fishes and other aquatic an­i­mals should be a pri­or­ity due to the large num­ber of fishes po­ten­tially im­pacted as well as the lack of welfare reg­u­la­tions re­lated to them. Be­cause of the team’s al­ign­ment with effec­tive al­tru­ism, we be­lieve ALI is in a good po­si­tion to ad­vance the in­ter­na­tional fish welfare move­ment.

The Green­field Pro­ject ($11,250)

The Green­field Pro­ject has elected to use their grant for re­search into the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s pur­chas­ing of an­i­mal prod­ucts in or­der to sup­port the meat, poul­try, and dairy in­dus­tries. The Green­field Pro­ject’s goals are to iden­tify the ex­tent of sup­port that the an­i­mal agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries re­ceive via these pur­chases, de­ter­mine whether an­i­mal product pro­duc­ers re­ceive prefer­en­tial treat­ment as com­pared with non-an­i­mal product pro­duc­ers, and iden­tify the best strate­gies to challenge these prob­le­matic pur­chases. The Green­field Pro­ject uses its re­search and ex­per­tise to iden­tify lev­er­age points that could lead to highly promis­ing ad­vo­cacy ini­ti­a­tives.

Modern Agri­cul­ture Foun­da­tion ($15,000)

The Modern Agri­cul­ture Foun­da­tion (MAF) is an Is­raeli non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that aims to ad­vance plant-based and cell-cul­tured food prod­ucts. One of their meth­ods in­volves con­nect­ing biotech­nol­ogy and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies to the al­ter­na­tive pro­tein field. The tech­niques used in these in­dus­tries have much over­lap with the pro­duc­tion of cell-cul­tured meat and even in­gre­di­ents of plant-based prod­ucts. MAF be­lieves the al­ter­na­tive pro­tein field could learn from the reg­u­la­tions and re­quire­ments that gov­ern phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­cesses as well as make use of the pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ities and in­fras­truc­ture that are already in place for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies. Con­sid­er­ing the over­lap in tech­niques and equip­ment and the rapid growth of the al­ter­na­tive pro­tein mar­ket, there is in­cen­tive for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try to get in­volved in the al­ter­na­tive pro­tein space. The Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of MAF has over 15 years of ex­pe­rience in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, which makes us be­lieve that MAF is in a good po­si­tion to carry out this work.

Non­hu­man Rights Pro­ject ($15,000)

The Non­hu­man Rights Pro­ject (NhRP) is a civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to se­cur­ing rights for non­hu­man an­i­mals by filing law­suits; work­ing with lo­cal, state, and fed­eral gov­ern­ments; and fos­ter­ing anti-speciesist ed­u­ca­tion. It’s likely that their work has sub­stan­tially ad­vanced the dis­cus­sion about non­hu­man an­i­mal rights in the U.S. We ap­pre­ci­ate that this ap­proach is very differ­ent from those of our cur­rent Recom­mended Char­i­ties. We be­lieve dis­cus­sion of and ad­vance­ment to­ward con­sid­er­ing non­hu­man an­i­mals as per­sons with le­gal rights are im­por­tant for the long-term suc­cess of the move­ment.

The Non­hu­man Rights Pro­ject was an ACE Stand­out Char­ity from De­cem­ber 2015 to De­cem­ber 2019 and was re­viewed in depth by ACE in 2019.

UK Cen­tre for An­i­mal Law ($15,000)

The UK Cen­tre for An­i­mal Law (A-law) is a char­ity that pro­vides le­gal ex­per­tise and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources to those in­ter­ested in an­i­mal law. They pub­lish an aca­demic jour­nal, The UK Jour­nal of An­i­mal Law, as well as a free eMagaz­ine, and en­able the net­work­ing of le­gal pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents. A-law also works with aca­demics to pro­mote the study of an­i­mal law in uni­ver­si­ties, and they provide con­sul­ta­tion on U.K. gov­ern­ment poli­cies. Due to Brexit and the U.K.’s need to re­vise many laws, we be­lieve that now may be an op­por­tune time for le­gal work in the U.K. The grant will per­mit the con­tinued em­ploy­ment of A-law’s Le­gal Sup­port Officer.

The UK Cen­tre for An­i­mal Law re­ceived a pre­vi­ous Move­ment Grant in the spring of 2019.

Ve­gans of Shang­hai ($35,000)

Ve­gans of Shang­hai works with food and bev­er­age com­pa­nies to in­crease plant-based op­tions on their menus. In ad­di­tion, they raise aware­ness about the health benefits of plant-based diets in col­lab­o­ra­tion with health­care com­mu­nity lead­ers and nu­tri­tion­ists. Plant-based ad­vo­cacy work in China is com­plex and faces many road­blocks due to the poli­ti­cal con­text. We ap­pre­ci­ate the strate­gic ap­proach that Ve­gans of Shang­hai takes by fo­cus­ing on health and en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­gu­ments in fa­vor of plant-based eat­ing, an ap­proach that we would be more hes­i­tant to fund if ex­e­cuted in a differ­ent con­text. China has one of the world’s fastest-grow­ing ma­jor economies, but plant-based ad­vo­cacy ini­ti­a­tives in this re­gion are scarce. Ve­gans of Shang­hai is one of the few or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing in the plant-based move­ment in China, which makes them an es­pe­cially ap­peal­ing fund­ing op­por­tu­nity.

Ve­gans of Shang­hai re­ceived a pre­vi­ous Move­ment Grant in the fall of 2019.

Vege­tar­i­anos Hoy ($25,000)

Vege­tar­i­anos Hoy is based in Chile and works to re­duce the con­sump­tion of an­i­mal prod­ucts through out­reach to in­di­vi­d­u­als, the gov­ern­ment, and cor­po­ra­tions. We be­lieve work in Chile and Latin Amer­ica over­all is promis­ing, es­pe­cially be­cause this is a ne­glected re­gion for farmed an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy. Vege­tar­i­anos Hoy is in a good po­si­tion to grow the move­ment in this re­gion. For ex­am­ple, they have already de­vel­oped suc­cess­ful cam­paigns in­cor­po­rat­ing plant-based op­tions in restau­rant chains. This year, they aim to launch their le­gal and leg­is­la­tive pro­grams as well as ex­pand to Colom­bia and Mex­ico.

Vege­tar­i­onos Hoy re­ceived a pre­vi­ous Move­ment Grant in the spring of 2019.

Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive ($30,000)

Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive (WAI) looks for ways to im­prove the welfare of wild an­i­mals via re­search and out­reach to aca­demics. Wild an­i­mals are far more nu­mer­ous than farmed an­i­mals, and con­cern for their well-be­ing is highly ne­glected. We are most ex­cited about the long-term im­pact WAI may have by ad­vanc­ing the aca­demic field of welfare biol­ogy. Wild an­i­mal welfare is a com­pli­cated but ur­gent topic, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the thought­ful ap­proach that WAI is tak­ing. This grant is for gen­eral sup­port.

Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive re­ceived a pre­vi­ous Move­ment Grant in the fall of 2019.

World Day for the End of Fish­ing ($10,000)

World Day for the End of Fish­ing (WoDEF) works to­ward the abo­li­tion of fish­ing and fish farm­ing. Aside from fishes, WoDEF is con­cerned with other aquatic an­i­mals such as crus­taceans and cephalopods. Each March, WoDEF or­ga­nizes a day ded­i­cated to call­ing for the end of hu­man-caused harm to fishes. This event en­courages a broad group of or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop their own fish welfare pro­jects, such as street protests and other ini­ti­a­tives. We be­lieve that giv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about fishes, even if only once per year, makes it more likely for fish cam­paigns to be­come preva­lent in the an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy move­ment. Fishes and other aquatic an­i­mals make up one of the largest groups of an­i­mals suffer­ing at the hands of hu­mans.


To limit the po­ten­tial in­fluence of con­flicts of in­ter­ests (COIs) be­tween the Move­ment Grants re­view com­mit­tee and staff mem­bers in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cess, we took the fol­low­ing pre­cau­tions:

  • We con­sid­ered that any se­ri­ous COI (e.g., past em­ploy­ment, past or pre­sent in­volve­ment with the Board of Direc­tors or in­ten­sive vol­un­teer work, close re­la­tion­ship with an em­ployee) would dis­qual­ify a mem­ber of the grant com­mit­tee from be­ing in­volved in eval­u­at­ing the rele­vant ap­pli­ca­tion.

  • After we re­ceived all ap­pli­ca­tions, but prior to any dis­cus­sion of them, the re­view com­mit­tee dis­cussed any COIs they had with any of the ap­pli­cants.

  • When the re­view com­mit­tee dis­cussed an ap­pli­ca­tion where a COI was iden­ti­fied for a par­tic­u­lar staff mem­ber, that staff mem­ber would leave the meet­ing prior to the dis­cus­sion and would not re­turn un­til a de­ci­sion had been made.

Staff mem­bers in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cess were Maria Salazar, Re­searcher; Jamie Spur­geon, Re­search Man­ager; Greg Boese, Re­search Man­ager; and Mar­i­anne van der Werf, Move­ment Grants Pro­gram Officer. No COIs were iden­ti­fied be­tween these staff mem­bers and the sum­mer 2020 grantees. A COI was iden­ti­fied be­tween Board Mem­ber Per­sis Eskan­der and grantee Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive. Per­sis did not par­ti­ci­pate in the board ap­proval of the grant to Wild An­i­mal Ini­ti­a­tive.

A cou­ple of COIs were iden­ti­fied be­tween mem­bers of the re­view com­mit­tee and ap­pli­cants who did not re­ceive a grant. For con­fi­den­tial­ity rea­sons, these ap­pli­cants are not listed. All ap­pli­cants are wel­come to con­tact us to con­firm which staff mem­bers were in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cess per­tain­ing to their ap­pli­ca­tion.

COIs were also iden­ti­fied be­tween grantees and staff mem­bers who were not on the re­view com­mit­tee. As these staff mem­bers were not in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cess, these COIs are not listed. A list of af­fili­a­tions be­tween staff mem­bers and or­ga­ni­za­tions can be found on our dis­clo­sures page.