Up to $50,000 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.
The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program has been developed in recognition of the excellent companion animal welfare services which are being delivered across Victoria by many not-for-profit organisations. These grants recognise that companion animals play a significant role in the lives of Victorians.
The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program will improve responsible pet ownership, and provide better animal welfare services to companion animals and the community, particularly during natural disasters.
The Animal Welfare Fund Grants small grants program is designed to provide up to $10,000 (GST free) for projects that benefit the welfare of companion animals. The program is not reliant on any matching cash contribution from the organisation for an application to be successful.
The Animal Welfare Fund Grants large grants program provides grants from $10,001 up to $50,000 (GST free) for projects that benefit the welfare of companion animals. Preference is given to projects that leverage off other projects and/or to which some financial co-funding or in-kind contribution can be made by the project proponent to the funds being sought.
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:
- community education programs on responsible ownership of animals, including consideration of ethics, sentience and duty of care
- animal relief services and use of facilities for the community during an emergency
- improvement in the rates of reuniting companion animals to their owners and re-homing of companion animals
- facilities to promote dog exercising in parks and socialisation classes for dogs
- services, systems or infrastructure which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of foster care and rescue groups
- upgrade or extension of current facilities to improve the welfare of companion animals
- improved information sharing and coordination for volunteer and donations management.
Projects must relate to at least one of the following types of companion animals kept as pets: cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, reptiles, caged birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats or mice.
Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program funding can be awarded to not-for-profit organisations that provide:
- for the welfare of animals
- an ‘animal shelter’ service
- education programs on responsible ownership of animals
- services as a community foster care network for companion animals
- animal relief services and use of facilities to the community during emergencies.
Applicants must also:
- be an incorporated body, co-operative or association and
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Applications close 15 June 2018.
Round 5 Small Grants Recipients
|Organisation||Project Title||Grant Amount|
|The Association of Hazaras in Victoria||Animal Welfare Awareness Project||$5,500.00|
|Horsham Dog Obedience Club Inc.||Better facilities for dogs, handlers & trainers||$1,681.00|
|Arctic Rescue Victoria Inc.||Arctic Breeds Responsible Pet Ownership and Desexing Program in High Risk Populations||$10,000.00|
|Cherished Pets Foundation||Customer management IT upgrade||$7,920.00|
|Pawsome Friends Inc.||Make Pawsome Awesome. Expand Pawsome Friends Inc. community reach, donations, viability and obtain essential rehabilitation and training equipment.||$4,114.00|
|Victorian Brumby Association Inc.||Shelters for rescue/ training/ isolation yards||$9,801.00|
|Gunyah Animal Healing Sanctuary Inc.||Upgrade to existing facilities for cats, dogs, horses and ponies||$9,817.00|
Round 5 Large Grants Recipients
|Organisation||Project Title||Grant Amount|
|Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services|
|Emergency Pet Accommodation Support Expansion and Feline Desexing & Responsible Cat Ownership Program||$50,000.00|
|Victorian Animal Aid||Upgrade of Animal Aid Veterinary Clinic to improve care and welfare of companion shelter animals||$49,500.00|
|Maneki Neko Cat Rescue Inc.||Adoption Centre Fit Out||$50,000.00|
|Greyhound Safety Net Inc.||Mobile greyhound rescue and rehoming service||$14,000.00|
|Beagle Rescue Victoria Inc.||Vehicle purchase and fit out for general and ambulatory transportation of rescue beagles and other dog breeds as a part of BRV’s ongoing commitment to rehome rescue canines.||$18,232.00|
|Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited||Boot Camp||$33,000.00|
|Forever Friends Animal Rescue||Forever Friends Headquarters: A new shelter, training, assessment, rehabilitation and adoption facility for homeless pets||$48,500.00|
|Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc.||Responsible Pet Owner (RPO) Project||$40,000.00|