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The BCSA board has approved a grant process*  for new regional affiliate clubs just getting started. BCSA will reimburse up to $500 in start-up expenses (receipts must be provided) as well as pay for the new club's first year of BCSA membership. We realize that it's expensive to get a new club going, buying equipment, materials, paying for insurance, etc; and BCSA would like to support the incorporation of new clubs around the country, believing they provide great service to the breed. For groups considering initiating a BCSA Affiliate Club, please contact the Corresponding Secretaryl for more information.

* Grant Process: The Affiliate Club must notify the BCSA Treasurer prior to generating expenses they wish for BCSA to consider reimbursement approval.  The Club should provide their proposed expense details and approximate amount for which they will be requesting reimbursement.


BCSA will reimburse Affiliate clubs up to $50 per self-sponsored event and $25 per BCSA supported event, with a maximum of two event reimbursements per club per year.  BCSA will reimburse Affiliate clubs up to $100 per year to support health testing.  Clubs can apply for these funds by emailing the Board to request approval prior to the event and then supply receipts to the Treasurer for expenditures after the event for reimbursement.

BCSA has always been committed to supporting efforts to host B course herding trials, to showcase the type of herding for which our breed was developed and where it most excels. Therefore, BCSA will issue grants to regional affiliate clubs hosting B course trials. The grant shall be $100/weekend, to be used for trial expenses. Clubs wishing to take advantage of the grant must submit their request at least four months prior to the trial. Along with the request, the club should submit at least a preliminary budget. Clubs who receive grants must give credit to BCSA in their premium list and catalog. Please send inquiries or question concerning the herding trial grants to our Corresponding Secretary.

The board voted at the 11/13/06 meeting to consider requests for reimbursement from individuals who spend money on health research contributions involving their own dogs. For example, if someone has a litter of puppies affected by a disease under research, and that person spends their own money to have blood samples collected and shipped to the researcher, BCSA will consider reimbursing that person for the expenses, up to 50%, on a case by case basis. This benefit is only available to BCSA members. Individuals wishing to request reimbursement should send a written description of the work and documentation of the expenses. BCSA guarantees anonymity of the requestor as much as is feasible (e.g. the requestor’s name or location will not appear in board minutes, and board members reviewing the application will not disclose the person’s identity to anyone outside of the board). However requests cannot be completely anonymous, because we need to know to whom to write the reimbursement check, and we are obligated to keep accurate records of how all club monies are spent. If anonymity is of great concern in a particular case, BCSA would consider working through the researcher or veterinarian, as long as a professional could document and guarantee how the money is being utilized. Send all applications and inquiries to the Corresponding Secretary.

The Border Collie Society of America's (BCSA) Rescue Committee was formed to provide support for Border Collie rescue. In addition to providing funds to promote education about Border Collies and responsible breeders, the Committee will in the future reimburse Border Collie rescue groups and individual rescuers for the cost of medical care for rescued dogs. Up to $500 will be provided for each approved proposal. In certain catastrophic circumstances, a higher amount may be approved.



This grant program is open to all rescue groups and individual rescuers; however, individual rescuers and/or at least one member of the group seeking funds MUST be a current BCSA member in good standing.


Although consideration will be given to ALL applications, priority will be given to applications from individuals or groups that meet the following criteria:
Longevity of effort (able to prove at least two years at rescue)
Organization (i.e., some kind of directorial board and an identifiable list of members/volunteers)
Record-keeping (ability to provide an accounting of the number of dogs accepted in and adopted out)
Financial accountability (must be able to provide a review of finances and must utilize standard accounting practices)
Standard procedures that protect the rescued dogs, such as adoption applications, screening procedures for potential adopters, contracts
Not-for-profit status


For educational grants recipients are to provide a written final report after receiving the grant that:


Summarizes the activities and results as they relate to the proposed objectives


Discusses strengths and weaknesses of the results


Indicates how the plan was implemented and suggests way that it might be replicated or improved


Provides suggestions for future BCSA rescue grant programs
Reports do not have to be long (one or two pages will suffice), as long as they cover the points listed above.  Reports will be posted on the BCSA's website for the purpose of disseminating information about the projects and helping other rescuers and rescue groups start their own education and promotion plans.
Members of the Rescue Committee will evaluate proposals and present their recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Selection criterion includes:


The quality of the proposal


The potential of the project to improve educational efforts or to effectively promote the rescue group


The contribution of the project to the Rescue Committee's overall goals of education and raising awareness of rescue


The probability that the project can be implemented and completed in a timely manner




A receipt or letter from a veterinarian stating the types of expenses incurred, the name of the dog and the name of the rescue group or individual must be submitted


Letter from rescue group or individual stating the dog is currently in rescue or foster care and that the dog is adoptable

BCSA will not reimburse any adoption fees or any medical expenses incurred after adoption.

  1. On-Line: Complete and print the BCSA Rescue Grant Application.

  2. Printable Copy: The Complete Grant Information and Application are also available in Adobe PDF format.  Click the Adobe icon to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader which you will need to open this file.

  3. Mail:  signed application and requested documents to: BCSA Corresponding Secretary.

  4. Questions? E-mail BCSA Rescue

Page Updated 10.03.2015

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