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.

Hands holding dog under mouth and back of headAbout 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.

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.

Current grants

Round 10 ‘Veterinary Clinic’ and ‘Rehoming Pets’ grants

Online applications for round 10 grant funding will open on 22 November 2021 and close at midnight on 24 December 2021. Round 10 will be the final round offered to complete delivery of government’s $3 million commitment.

Round 10 of the program offers a total pool of $1.595 million shared across:

  • grants available to not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats
  • grants available to not-for-profit and community vet clinics to allow them to maintain and expand their services, and allow new low-cost clinics to be set up in areas of need around Victoria.

The following competitive grants will be offered to deliver round 10 funding:

  • Grants for rehoming pets (small grants) – up to $10,000 (GST free) to animal shelters and foster carers wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for rehoming pets (large grants) – up to $100,000 (GST free) to animal shelters and foster carers wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for veterinary equipment, upgrades and expansions – up to $50,000 (GST free) to not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics wishing to purchase equipment, or upgrade or expand their facility or services to benefit the welfare of cats and dogs. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for the establishment of new, low-cost veterinary clinics – providing up to $200,000 (GST free) to organisations and registered veterinary practitioners wishing to establish new, low-cost veterinary clinics in areas of need in Victoria. For delivery over 24 months.

For more information contact awvgrants@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Round 10 grant guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to read the Round 10 program guidelines before commencing an application.

Apply for a Round 10 grant

Eligible organisations wishing to apply for round 10 funding can do so online from 22 November 2021 until midnight on 24 December 2021.

These links open a secure online application form:

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 awvgrants@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Individual Pet Rehoming grants guidelines

The Individual Pet Rehoming grant program guidelines were updated on 12 November 2021 to enable certain in-house veterinary and training services to be claimed, and to clarify the evidentiary requirements for outsourced services and purchases.

Organisations who provide in-house veterinary or training services, in preparation for the rehoming of a dog or cat, may claim reimbursement for the services according to the GST exclusive amounts listed in the Schedule of Claimable Amounts in Appendix 1 of the guidelines. An itemised treatment plan, for each individual animal claimed, must be supplied as evidence of the in-house services provided.

Tax invoices, tax receipts, or other acceptable evidence of payment, of all claimed fees and charges is required for equipment purchases and outsourced veterinary or training services.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Individual Pet Rehoming grant program guidelines before commencing an application.

Apply for an Individual Pet Rehoming 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.

Latest grants awarded

Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants

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).

Successful round 1 Equine Rehabilitation grants (2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Forever Friends Animal Rescue

Equine Rehabilitation and Rehoming Stables

$15,000

Strong Hearts Farm Sanctuary

Horse Float Grant Application

$19,500

Beyond Racing Limited

Subsidy for Rehabilitating and Retraining Horses Post-racing

$80,000

Harmony Reins Animal Haven

Shelter Building

$28,500

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria

Hope Horse Welfare Project

$55,500

Successful round 1 Pet Desexing grants (2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

City of Port Phillip

Pets of Port Phillip (PoPP) Clinic

$47,521

Mildura Rural City Council

MRCC's Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Program

$25,000

Meow Rescue

Last Litter Program

$15,000

Bendigo Animal Relief Centre

Bendigo Community Cat Program (BCCP)

$15,725

Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming

Please Don't Litter! A desexing program for vulnerable and disadvantaged pet owners

$16,900

Second Chance Animal Rescue

SCAR De-sexathon

$66,000

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council Low-cost Animal Desexing Program

$5,000

Hear No Evil – Australian Deaf Dog Rescue

Free Cat Desexing for Low-income and Linguistically Diverse Residents in Targeted Hume Council Suburbs

$7,450

Humane Society for Animal Welfare Inc.

Humane Society for Animal Welfare Pet Desexing Grant

$30,047

Glenelg Shire Council

Glenelg Shire Council Cat Desexing Program

$18,500

Victorian Animal Aid

No-Cost Feline Desexing and Identification Program

$25,000

Horsham People for Animal Welfare Support (PAWS)

No-Cost Feline Desex and Microchipping

$20,000

Knox City Council

Free and Discounted Dog and Cat Desexing for Vulnerable and/or Disadvantaged Knox Residents

$25,000

Moira Shire Council

Cat Care Moira

$20,000

Wodonga City Council

Wodonga Council Desexing Program

$10,500

Hume City Council

Discounted Hume Mobile Cat Desexing

$30,000

Golden Plains Shire Council

Cat Desexing within Golden Plains Shire

$15,000

Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue Victoria

Companion Animal Desexing Program

$35,000

Moreland City Council

Cat desexing program

$20,000

Baw Baw Shire Council

Community Desexing

$30,000

Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Community Desexing Assistance Program

$20,000

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.

These included:

  • 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)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Chally Rescue Inc.

Safe & Healthy Quarantine

$10,000

Heart and Soul Rescue Inc.

Increase Heart & Soul Rescue's Capacity to Rescue Cats & Kittens

$10,000

Horsham People for Animal Welfare Support

Last Litter Program

$5,000

Golden Retriever Rescue Inc.

Amichien Bonding Training and Foster Care Equipment

$10,000

Successful rehoming pets large grant applicants for round 9 (2020 to 2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Australian Animal Protection Society

Pocket Pet Adoption Area

$50,000

Lort Smith

Campbellfield Animal Shelter/Adoption Centre

$50,000

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Victoria

Dog Adoption Kennels Renovation RSPCA Pearcedale:

$50,000

Geelong Animal Welfare Society

Kitten Enclosures

$41,000

Victorian Animal Aid

Feline Outdoor Enrichment Space

$23,897

Successful new low cost vet clinic grant applicant for round 9 (2020 to 2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Westside Community Desexing Inc.

Westside Community Desexing

$150,000

Successful vet equipment upgrades and expansions grant applicants for round 9 (2020 to 2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Animal Poisons Helpline

Expanding access to veterinary poisons advice and pet poisoning education:

$50,000

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Community Vet Clinic Extension

$50,000

Meow and Friends Community Vet

Expanding desexing facilities and introduction of dental procedures in the South East

$50,000

Metcalfe Vet

Improving the Care

$49,220

The Lost Dogs’ Home

Veterinary Dental equipment upgrade

$46,629

Previously successful grant applicants

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 22 Nov 2021