Animal Welfare Fund - Grants Program
The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the Government, is offering financial support to non-government, not-for-profit organisations that improve the welfare of animals. These include animal shelters and rescue groups, organisations promoting responsible animal ownership education, community foster care networks, and groups that provide relief facilities and services during an emergency.
The $1.6 million Animal Welfare Fund 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.
Applications have now closed
The 2015/2016 Grant Round (Round 4) will focus on services, systems or infrastructure which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of foster care and rescue groups, therefore the Minister strongly encourages these organisations to apply for grant funding.
Funding will not be restricted to foster care networks and rescue groups, consideration will also be given to applications covering the following areas:
- Providing community education programs on responsible ownership of animals, including consideration of ethics, sentience and duty of care;
- Providing animal relief services and use of facilities to the community during an emergency;
- Providing improvement in the rates of reuniting companion animals to their owners and re-homing of companion animals;
- Providing facilities to promote dog exercising in parks and socialisation classes for dogs.
Additional details regarding these criteria, and examples of projects that could be eligible for funding, can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.
The small grants program is designed to provide up to $10,000 (GST Free) to not-for-profit organisations for small projects that benefit the welfare of companion animals. The program is not reliant on any matching cash contribution for an application to be successful.
The large grants program will provide grants from $10,001 up to $50,000 (GST inclusive) to not-for-profit organisations for projects that benefit the welfare of companion animals. Preference will be 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.
Only one grant application, large or small, is permitted per organisation.
Applications have now closed
Successful small grant applicants Round 3 (2014 / 2015)
SARG - Foster Carer Training & Supported Desexing Program
Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc.
Foster care manual for community foster care networks in Victoria
Dog Rescue Association of Victoria Inc.
Holding and training facility upgrade
Victorian Brumby Association
Continuing Foster Carer training, recruitment & community awareness. New web-based database and intranet development and implementation
Golden Retriever Rescue - Victorian Branch
Traralgon & District Horse Emergency Facility
Traralgon Pony Club
Engaging&Educating Community About Responsible Ownership of Animals - an interactive approach
McIvor Neighbourhood House Healthcote Inc.T/A Heathcode Community House
Locate and rescue at-risk Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and other Artic breeds, provide appropriate veterinary care and accommodation and consequently rehome these animals
Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia Inc. (AMRAA), Victorian Branch
Crisis Pets - a paw in need
Victorian Dog rescue & Resource Group Inc.
Disability and Senior Pensioners love their cats
Forever Friends Animal Rescue Latrobe Inc.
Companion Animal Welfare - Educating and Involving Our Community
Echuca Animal Rescue Service
Successful large grant applicants Round 3 (2014 / 2015)
Mobile Low-Cost Desexing Service
The Lost Dogs' home
Assessment and treatment of companion animals in emergencies: webinar series
Australian Veterinary Association (Victoria Division)
Save-a-Dog Scheme Yarrambat Acoustic Improvement Project
Save-a-Dog Scheme Inc
Emergency Accommodation, Training and Exercise Area for Animals
Victorian Animal Aid Trust
Free Microchipping for the pets of owners with Health Care Cards
Lost Smith Animal Hospital
|Inspectorate Animal Care and Rehabilitation||RSPCA Victoria||$50,000.00|
|Mother and Kittens Crisis Program||Forever Friends Animal Rescue||$35,000.00|
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 1 (2012).
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 2 (2013).