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.
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
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 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.
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
- Foster carer
- Community vet clinic
- Not-for-profit organisation
- Registered veterinary practitioner, and
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Applications close 1 December 2019.
Small Grant Recipients – Round 7 (2018–19)
|Organisation||Project title||Grant amount|
|Camperdown Dog Lovers||Lets Take a Paws||$5,229|
|Wala Animal sanctuary||Helping Homeless Companion Animals||$10,000|
Large Grant Recipients – Round 7 (2018–19)
|Organisation||Project title||Grant amount|
|Second Chance Animal Rescue||Community Animal Hospital surgery, clinic and recovery rooms fit out||$45,505|
|Mount Alexander Animal Welfare||Enhancement of Kennels and Surrounds||$40,000|
|2nd Chance Cat Rescue||Shelter Sanctuary||$50,000|
|The lost Dogs’ Home||Visual 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)