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 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) 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.
The Animal Welfare Fund program provides Grants annually. Details regarding the successful Round 4 applicants are below. Details are available regarding the successful grant applicants for Round 1 (2012), Round 2 (2013), and Round 3 (2014).
Online applications for Round 5 grant funding in 2017/2018 will open on 16 January 2017 and close 28 February 2017 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 to 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 16 January 2017)
Successful small grant applicants Round 4 (2015 / 2016)
|T.L.C. Rescue Inc.|
Equipment to support animals and volunteers.
|Saffron on the Hill||Upgrade to existing facilities to house abused, neglected and surrendered dogs in preparation for adoption||$10,000.00|
|Rescued With Love Inc.||New website and pamphlets for our rescue group||$5,000.00|
|German Shepherd Rescue Victoria||Reshaping Adoptive Success: Increasing the number and improving the success rate of rehoming German Shepherd Dogs in Victoria||$10,000.00|
|Western Radio Broadcasters Inc. - Stereo 974||Radio Awareness Program re Responsible Pet Ownership.||$10,000.00|
|Murray River Curly Coated Retriever Association Inc.||Rescue and Rehoming Service||$3,500.00|
|Warrnambool Dog Training School Inc.||Reactive Dog Workshop||$1,195.00|
|Australian Animal Rescue Inc.|
Australian Animal Rescue Triage Shelter and Live Stock Trailer
|Dog Rescue Association of Victoria Inc.||Training and education support for community fostercare networks and rescue groups|
Echuca Animal Rescue Service Incorporated
Professionally Developing Our Foster Care Network
Cherished Pets Foundation
Rehoming pets of older pet owners
Arctic Rescue Victoria Inc (previously part of Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia Inc.)
Expand, develop and resource a strong foster network of volunteers in the assessment, preparation and rehoming of rescued northern breed dogs.
Chihuahua Rescue Victoria
Help Chihuahua Rescue Victoria continue to rescue, care for/rehabilitate and rehome lost and abandoned Chihuahuas/small crosses; provide boarding for Chihuahuas/small crosses; promote responsible Chihuahua ownership by providing breed specific community education; and improve infrastructure.
Successful large grant applicants Round 4 (2015 / 2016)
Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited
Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services
Upgrade and expansion of animal shelter facilities
Adoptable Pet Rescue
Northern Grampians Shire Cat Education and Desexing Scheme
Lancefield Equestrian Group (LEG) Inc.
Teaching how to rescue trapped horses during natural disasters as well as accidents involving horse floats and incidents where animals fall into sinkholes, septic tanks, swimming pools, ditches, mud and other situations. How to rescue these trapped horses safely without injuring or killing them and without injuring rescuers.
Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support
Spreading the word - Desex & Microchip Now!
Victorian Brumby Association Inc.
Develop an indoor education space for community education and volunteer facilities
|Pets Haven Foundation||Community veterinary clinic and adoption centre||$50,000.00|
Berwick Obedience Dog Club Inc.
Funding to complete the drainage of the grounds of the Berwick Obedience Dog Club
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).