How to Apply

To receive a Stanton Foundation K9 grant, the city/town must complete a short application process.

  1. The town must submit two signed Letters of Support — one from the chief of police and one from the chief administrative officer of the town. The Foundation’s program officer will acknowledge receipt within three business days.

  2. The department must complete the short application document (on our Resources page) that will be reviewed by the Foundation for approval. The foundation will review within 10 business days of receipt.

  3. Following approval of an application, the department will begin the interview process to select a canine handler using departmental practices for assigning specialty positions.

  4. The department will schedule a screening of the handler candidate with the Foundation's trainer. The Foundation will provide a trainer who will ensure the officer is prepared for his/her new role and to make sure a training slot has been acquired.

  5. The town’s chief administrative officer will complete the Grant Agremeement (a template is available on our Resources page) before the grant can be released. At this stage the department should work with the Town Treasurer’s office to establish a separate fund for the exclusive use of the K9 unit where the grant monies will be deposited.

  6.  After returning the signed agreement to the Foundation, the Foundation will provide a check in the full amount of $32,000 to the department within one week. Reimbursement grants will be provided after patrol training has been successfully completed.

Total elapsed time for entire application process can as little as three weeks. Be sure to confirm any deadlines with Foundation. We review applications on a rolling basis.