Grants totaling $462,139 have been awarded to 71 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits, the Thoroughbred Charities of America announced Tuesday. TCA distributes grants to several categories of non-profits, including retirement, rehabilitation and rehoming organizations, backstretch and farm employee programs, equine-assisted therapy programs and research organizations. Grants are provided to organizations that successfully meet the criteria laid out in TCA's annual grant application. Applications for the 2018 grant cycle will be available in early January.
“Our grants and aid would not be possible without the generous support of our donors,” said TCA president Mike McMahon. “We are especially proud to be the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover for the fifth time, as well as supporters of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program and the TAKE2 Second Career Program. We truly believe that retraining and repurposing is the way forward. We congratulate all of our 2017 grant recipients on successfully meeting our grant criteria and deeply appreciate their efforts in Thoroughbred aftercare and in providing health and human services to backstretch and farm employees.”
The TCA also, through its Horses First Fund established by LNJ Foxwoods, aided in the rescue for the 43 horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky last year.