Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program
Grants are available to not-for-profit and community organisations who:
- rehome pets
- provide low-cost veterinary services
- provide free or low-cost desexing programs.
About the Grant Program
The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program was established to support improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community.
These grants recognise that companion animals play a significant role in the lives of Victorians.
The Victorian Government is delivering on our commitment to provide $3 million in Animal Welfare Grants and continues to pursue important reforms to Victorian animal welfare laws. The funding commitment includes:
- $1 million for animal shelters and foster carers to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services
- $2 million for not-for profit and community vet clinics to maintain and expand their services, and allow new low-cost clinics to be set up in areas of need around Victoria.
A further two rounds will be offered to complete delivery of Government's $3 million commitment.
The Victorian Government allocated a further $7.5 million boost to animal welfare grants in the 2020–21 State Budget. This targeted funding commitment includes:
- $5 million over four years to support animal rehoming services to meet the costs of veterinary treatments, purchase of specific equipment and/or services to deliver training or rehabilitation for an animal
- $1.5 million over three years to enable delivery of free or low-cost desexing programs for cats and dogs owned by vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians
- $1 million over three years to support horse and pony rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming.
Individual Pet Rehoming grants
Round 1 of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants will offer $1.25 million to pet rescue and rehoming organisations to support the rehoming of dogs and cats.
Online applications for round 1 grant funding will open on 21 June 2021. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2022 or until the allocated funding of $1.25 million is expended.
Eligible organisations may apply to be reimbursed for up to $500 per dog and $200 per cat on costs incurred for:
- veterinary treatment, including desexing, microchipping, vaccinations and any other medical treatments, and/or
- the purchase of specific equipment that is supplied to the new owner as part of the adoption process, and/or
- services to deliver training or rehabilitation for an animal.
Applicants can claim for up to 15 eligible animals per application and may submit multiple applications over the course of the funding round. However, only one claim for reimbursement of costs incurred will be approved for each eligible animal.
For more information contact email@example.com
Applicants are encouraged to read the program guidelines before commencing an application.
- Individual Pet Rehoming Grants Program Guidelines (PDF - 370.3 KB)
- Individual Pet Rehoming Grants Program Guidelines (WORD - 217.1 KB)
Apply for a grant
Eligible organisations wishing to apply for round 1 Individual Pet Rehoming funding can do so online from 21 June 2021.
A secure online application form can be accessed via Individual Pet rehoming grant application.
Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants
Online applications for round 1 Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grant funding closed at midnight on 11 April 2021. Successful Equine Rehabilitation and Pet Desexing grant recipients are listed below.
Round 1 of the Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants offered financial support to organisations that:
- provide free or low-cost de-sexing programs for cats and dogs owned by vulnerable and/or disadvantaged Victorians, or
- rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses, ponies or other eligible equine species (refer to Glossary/definitions in the program guidelines).
Funding available in round 1 included:
- a total of $500,000 to support local government councils and not-for-profit organisations that will provide free or low-cost desexing for cats and dogs owned by vulnerable and/or disadvantaged Victorians
- a total of $340,000 to support not-for-profit equine rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming organisations.
Latest grants awarded
Successful round 1 Equine Rehabilitation grants (2021)
Forever Friends Animal Rescue
Equine Rehabilitation and Rehoming Stables
Strong Hearts Farm Sanctuary
Horse Float Grant Application
Beyond Racing Limited
Subsidy for Rehabilitating and Retraining Horses Post-racing
Harmony Reins Animal Haven
Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria
Hope Horse Welfare Project
Successful round 1 Pet Desexing grants (2021)
City of Port Phillip
Pets of Port Phillip (PoPP) Clinic
Mildura Rural City Council
MRCC's Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Program
Last Litter Program
Bendigo Animal Relief Centre
Bendigo Community Cat Program (BCCP)
Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming
Please Don't Litter! A desexing program for vulnerable and disadvantaged pet owners
Second Chance Animal Rescue
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Swan Hill Rural City Council Low-cost Animal Desexing Program
Hear No Evil – Australian Deaf Dog Rescue
Free Cat Desexing for Low-income and Linguistically Diverse Residents in Targeted Hume Council Suburbs
Humane Society for Animal Welfare Inc.
Humane Society for Animal Welfare Pet Desexing Grant
Glenelg Shire Council
Glenelg Shire Council Cat Desexing Program
Victorian Animal Aid
No-Cost Feline Desexing and Identification Program
Horsham People for Animal Welfare Support (PAWS)
No-Cost Feline Desex and Microchipping
Knox City Council
Free and Discounted Dog and Cat Desexing for Vulnerable and/or Disadvantaged Knox Residents
Moira Shire Council
Cat Care Moira
Wodonga City Council
Wodonga Council Desexing Program
Hume City Council
Discounted Hume Mobile Cat Desexing
Golden Plains Shire Council
Cat Desexing within Golden Plains Shire
Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue Victoria
Companion Animal Desexing Program
Moreland City Council
Cat desexing program
Baw Baw Shire Council
Cardinia Shire Council
Cardinia Community Desexing Assistance Program
Round 9 grants
The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, offered round 9 grants to not-for-profit and community organisations that improve the welfare of animals.
- organisations wishing to establish new low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need in Victoria
- animal shelters and rescue groups
- organisations promoting responsible animal ownership education
- community foster care networks.
These are the details of the successful round 9 (2020 to 2021) applicants and their projects.
Successful rehoming pets small grant applicants for round 9 (2020 to 2021)
Chally Rescue Inc.
Safe & Healthy Quarantine
Heart and Soul Rescue Inc.
Increase Heart & Soul Rescue's Capacity to Rescue Cats & Kittens
Horsham People for Animal Welfare Support
Last Litter Program
Golden Retriever Rescue Inc.
Amichien Bonding Training and Foster Care Equipment
Successful rehoming pets large grant applicants for round 9 (2020 to 2021)
Australian Animal Protection Society
Pocket Pet Adoption Area
Campbellfield Animal Shelter/Adoption Centre
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Victoria
Dog Adoption Kennels Renovation RSPCA Pearcedale:
Geelong Animal Welfare Society
Victorian Animal Aid
Feline Outdoor Enrichment Space
Successful new low cost vet clinic grant applicant for round 9 (2020 to 2021)
Westside Community Desexing Inc.
Westside Community Desexing
Successful vet equipment upgrades and expansions grant applicants for round 9 (2020 to 2021)
Animal Poisons Helpline
Expanding access to veterinary poisons advice and pet poisoning education:
Second Chance Animal Rescue
Community Vet Clinic Extension
Meow and Friends Community Vet
Expanding desexing facilities and introduction of dental procedures in the South East
Improving the Care
The Lost Dogs’ Home
Veterinary Dental equipment upgrade
Previously successful grant applicants
View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.