Up to $150,000 is available from Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program to support the improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community.

 

Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program

The Animal Welfare Fund Grant Program was established under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (DA Act) in 2011. The fund provides grants to not-for profit organisations to support the improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community.  These include animal shelters, organisations promoting responsible animal ownership education, community foster care networks, and groups that provide relief facilities and services during an emergency.

Round 8 of the program offers financial support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low cost veterinary services (see section 4.1 of the guidelines) in recognition of the excellent companion animal welfare services they deliver.

 

Objective

The objectives of the program are to:

  • improve companion animal welfare
  • improve responsible pet ownership
  • provide better animal welfare services to companion animals and the community

 

Funding

Round 8 of the program offers:

  • a total of $200,000 to not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats
  • a total of $450,000 to not-for-profit and community vet clinics to allow them to maintain and expand their services, and allow new low cost clinics to be set up in areas of need around Victoria.

The following competitive grants will be offered to deliver round eight funding:

  • Grants for rehoming pets (small grants): up to $10,000 (GST free) to animal shelters and foster carers wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for rehoming pets (large grants): up to $50,000 (GST free) to animal shelters and foster carers wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for veterinary equipment, upgrades and expansions: up to $50,000 (GST free) to not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics wishing to purchase equipment, or upgrade or expand their facility or services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for the establishment of new, low cost veterinary clinics: providing up to $150,000 (GST free) to organisations and registered veterinary practitioners wishing to establish new, low cost veterinary clinics in areas of need in Victoria. For delivery over 24 months.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible organisations wishing to invest in infrastructure, programs and activities that benefit the welfare of companion animals within Victoria will be considered for funding.

Consideration will be given to applications covering the following areas:

  • Education programs on responsible ownership of animals, including consideration of ethics, sentience and duty of care.
  • Improvement in the rates of reuniting companion animals to their owners and rehoming of companion animals.
  • Services, systems or equipment which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of:
    • foster care, or
    • CFCNs, or
    • community and not-for-profit veterinary clinics.
  • Upgrade or extension of current shelter, foster care or low-cost veterinary clinic facilities to improve the welfare of companion animals.
  • Establishment of new low cost veterinary clinics in areas of need around Victoria.

 

Eligible Applicants

Grant funding can be awarded to:

  • animal shelters, CFCNs and foster carers looking to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services
  • not-for-profit and community vet clinics looking to purchase equipment, maintain or expand their facility or services
  • organisations looking to establish new low cost clinics in areas of need in Victoria.

Applicants must also:

  • meet one or more of the following definitions as described in section 2 of the guidelines:
    • Animal shelter
    • CFCN
    • Foster carer
    • Community vet clinic
    • Not-for-profit organisation
    • Registered veterinary practitioner, and
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

 

Timing

Applications close 1 December 2019.

 

More Information

Current Recipients

Small Grant Recipients – Round 7 (2018–19)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Camperdown Dog LoversLets Take a Paws$5,229
Wala Animal sanctuaryHelping Homeless Companion Animals$10,000

Large Grant Recipients – Round 7 (2018–19)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Second Chance Animal RescueCommunity Animal Hospital surgery, clinic and recovery rooms fit out$45,505
Mount Alexander Animal WelfareEnhancement of Kennels and Surrounds$40,000
2nd Chance Cat RescueShelter Sanctuary$50,000
The lost Dogs’ HomeVisual Kennel Barriers and Water/Feed Bowl Upgrade$30,000
Eastern Domestic violence Service (EDVOS)Vets Against Violence$20,424
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA Victoria)Regional High Volume Desexing and Community Behaviour Change

Small Grant Recipients – Round 6 (2018)

OrganisationProject TitleGrant Amount
Squishies Flat Faced Animal Rescue Inc.Increasing capacity and reducing costs for Flat Faced Animal Rescue$8,000
Horsham Dog Obedience Club Inc.Education program for promoting responsible ownership through engagement with a behavioural expert$2,450
Geelong Animal Rescue GAR LimitedProject RESCUE FURR REAL$4,711
Pug Rescue & Adoption Victoria Inc.Essential equipment and education program for CFCN foster carers$10,000
Pets of the Homeless LtdIT enhancement for pet foster care program$10,000
Victorian Brumby Association Inc.Increase training facilities and add safety yard$6,498
Hear No Evil – Australian Deaf Dog RescueDesexing and education program$10,000
Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc (SARG)Collaborate and connect$9,500
Purrs of Point Cook Inc.Improving efficiency of rescue group$4,500
The Mark’s Ark Inc.Adoption day equipment$3,000

Large Grant Recipients – Round 6 (2018)

OrganisationProject TitleGrant Amount
Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc.New cattery facility to replace non-compliant housing$50,000
Stafford Rescue Victoria Inc.SRV foster shelter facilities$50,000
Victorian Animal AidFeline isolation wards$30,000
Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community ServicesCanine environmental enrichment and training facility$50,000

 

Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging animal shelters, foster carers, not-for-profit organisations and community vet clinics to apply for grants that will improve the welfare of animals across Victoria.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today opened applications for round eight of the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program, which will offer support to not-for-profit and community organisations who rehome pets or provide low-cost veterinary services to boost their important work looking after the state’s pets.

Two new categories are available for applicants – with grants of up to $150,000 available to support the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need, and up to $50,000 for not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics to purchase equipment upgrades or expand their facilities and services.

Small grants of up to $10,000 and large grants of up $50,000 will also still be available for animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profits to buy new equipment and expand the care they provide to Victoria’s furry friends.

The grants can be used for a range of services – from reuniting and rehoming companion animals to improving foster care services, providing not-for-profit veterinary services and education programs on responsible ownership of animals.

The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program commenced in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding services delivered across Victoria by not-for-profit organisations, and the significant role animals play in the lives of Victorians.

The fund is an important part of the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure volunteer organisations have the resources they need to assist and care for animals, wherever they are based – with $3 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to boost the grants program.

Online applications for grant funding are now open and close Sunday 1 December. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au.