Animal Welfare Fund - Grants Program
The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, is offering financial support to 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 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.
The 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 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.
Successful applicants for Round 6 (2018) of the program will be announced in the near future.
Details regarding the successful Round 5 (2017) applicants are below. Details are available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 1 (2012), Round 2 (2013), Round 3 (2014) and Round 4 (2015).
Online applications for Round 7 grant funding (offering a total of $250,000) will open on 10 October 2018 and close 30 November 2018 at midnight.
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.
Examples of projects can be found in the FAQs.
Only one grant application, large or small, will be permitted per organisation.
Apply online (applications open 10 October 2018):
Successful small grant applicants Round 5 (2017)
The Association of Hazaras in Victoria
Animal Welfare Awareness Project
Horsham Dog Obedience Club Inc.
Better facilities for dogs, handlers & trainers
Arctic Rescue Victoria Inc.
Arctic Breeds Responsible Pet Ownership and Desexing Program in High Risk Populations
Cherished Pets Foundation
Customer management IT upgrade
Pawsome Friends Inc.
Make Pawsome Awesome. Expand Pawsome Friends Inc. community reach, donations, viability and obtain essential rehabilitation and training equipment.
Victorian Brumby Association Inc.
Shelters for rescue/ training/ isolation yards
Gunyah Animal Healing Sanctuary Inc.
Upgrade to existing facilities for cats, dogs, horses and ponies
Successful large grant applicants Round 5 (2017)
Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services
Emergency Pet Accommodation Support Expansion and Feline Desexing & Responsible Cat Ownership Program
Victorian Animal Aid
Upgrade of Animal Aid Veterinary Clinic to improve care and welfare of companion shelter animals
Maneki Neko Cat Rescue Inc.
Adoption Centre Fit Out
Greyhound Safety Net Inc.
Mobile greyhound rescue and rehoming service
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.
Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited
|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
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 4 (2015)
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 3 (2014).
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 2 (2013).
Details are also available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 1 (2012).