Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I would like to apply, but I don’t know whether my project is good enough.

Every project that fulfils the Funding Guidelines will be evaluated by PETA, so don’t hesitate to apply.

I’m an individual activist with great experience. Can you fund my work?

As stated in the Funding Guidelines, for sustainability, organisational, and legal reasons, we’re able to grant funding only to people who are members of an established organisation. Although the work of independent activists is of great value, we aren’t able to fund it via this programme.

I’m based in a non–European Union country. Can you fund my work?

Unfortunately, recipient organisations must be based in the European Union.

What are the conditions and commitments associated with participating in the programme? What will I be required to do if I become a grantee?

Grantees will not become PETA employees, and we won’t expect them to undertake work for PETA, although on occasion, we may ask them to engage in volunteer activities if they are able to do so. However, the grantees’ top priority will be working for their own organisations, developing them in the ways described in their applications, and creating effective campaigns and interventions.

Naturally, the programme will include evaluation mechanisms so that we can be sure the funding is being used appropriately. Therefore, grantees will be asked to report back to us on their monthly activities. We will ask for interim reports and – at the end of the funding period – a final evaluation of the activities that have been undertaken. That data is essential for evaluating the programme and adjusting it accordingly to increase its effectiveness every year.

Grantees will be introduced on the Year of Change website, and optional opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience will be proposed on a regular basis. These activities are important to the programme’s transparency and can provide grantees with extra support if needed.

A grant of 1,000 € is a lot of money in my country. I could finance two full-time positions with it.

We chose this particular funding programme after evaluating all the associated pros and cons of other options. We are aware of the wage differentials across the countries covered and don’t consider them homogeneous. The purpose of the grant is to fund one full-time position, and as long as this condition is fulfilled, grantees may create additional positions.

Will I be able to apply a second time with the same – or a different – project?

We understand that campaigns may last longer than one year, so we won’t rule out funding a project for a second time. Previous grantees are welcome to apply as often as they like, whether for the same project or different ones.

What’s in it for PETA?

PETA is very interested in developing Eastern Europe’s animal advocacy movement and is looking for the most effective ways to do so. We believe that one of the most cost-effective and potentially high-impact methods is to cooperate with existing organisations whose members are familiar with the local context, have already established campaigns (or are working on doing so), and are to some extent recognised in their own country.

Supporting groups that share our goals is beneficial to our work. We believe in building a strong international movement to help animals, and we recognise that we have a responsibility to support this cause. By working together, we will be able to create a better world for animals much sooner.