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 delivered 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 included:

  • $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 also delivered on our commitment to provide $2.5 million in Animal Welfare Grants comprising:

  • $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.

The Victorian Government is currently delivering the following commitments:

  • $5 million over four years, provided in the 2023-24 State Budget, to support pet shelters and animal rescue and rehoming organisations
  • $2 million over four years, provided in the 2023-24 State Budget, to support not-for-profit and community veterinary clinics.
  • $5 million over four years, provided in the 2020-21 State Budget, 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.

Current grants

Round 11 grants

Online applications for round 11 grant funding will open on 10 November 2023 and close at 11:59pm on 9 December 2023.

Round 11 of the program offers:

  • grants to not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of companion animals
  • grants 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 11 funding:

  • Grants for rehoming pets (small grants) – up to $20,000 (GST Free) to not-for-profit organisations, animal shelters and community foster care networks wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of companion animals. For delivery over 12 months.
  • Grants for rehoming pets (large grants) – up to $100,000 (GST Free) to not-for-profit organisations, animal shelters and community foster care networks wishing to purchase equipment or upgrade or expand their services to benefit the welfare of companion animals. 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 companion animals. 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 11 Grant guidelines

Applicants are encouraged to read the Round 11 program guidelines before commencing an application.

Apply for a Round 11 grant

Eligible organisations wishing to apply for round 11 funding can do so online from 10 November 2023 until 11:59pm on 9 December 2023.

These links open up a secure online application form:

Individual Pet Rehoming grants

Online applications for round 3 of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants have closed. Grants totalling almost $1.25 million were awarded in round 3, to support costs associated with preparing cats and dogs for rehoming, and grants totalling more than $2.47 million were awarded in rounds 1 and 2 of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants.

Eligible organisations were able to apply to be reimbursed for $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, supplied to the new owner as part of the rehoming process (e.g. crate, bedding, lead), and/or
  • services to deliver training or rehabilitation for a dog or cat.

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

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Latest grants awarded

Round 3 Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants

The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, offered round 3 Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants to organisations that:

  • provide free or low-cost desexing programs for cats and dogs owned by vulnerable and/or disadvantaged Victorians, or
  • rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses, ponies or other eligible equine species.

These are the details of the successful round 3 Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation applicants and their projects.

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Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Equorum Ltd

Vet facilities at Equorum

$75,000

Horses for Hope Limited

Paddock shelters

$38,460

Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary

Shelters

$50,000

Mountain Brumby Sanctuary Inc

Streamlining sanctuary operations

$86,000

R.A.C.E.D. – Racehorses After Care Education Diversity Limited

Retired racehorse rehabilitation and rehoming expansion project

$80,000

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Corangamite Shire Council

Corangamite Responsible Cat Ownership program

$15,000

Geelong Animal Welfare Society

Fix a Feline for Free program

$31,585

Give a Kitty a Home Rescue

Project Catalyst

$68,000

Greater Shepparton City Council

Desexing voucher scheme

$17,000

Hepburn Shire Council

Free cat desexing project for low income earners

$20,000

Maneki Neko Cat Rescue Inc

Affordable veterinary care for low income families – western/northern suburbs

$60,000

Phoenix Animal Rescue Horsham Ltd

Slowing the Overpopulation Pet Pandemic

$20,000

Project Meow Ltd

Project Meow Community Desexing Program

$45,000

Regional Community Vet Clinic

Cat de-sexing project

$21,725

Rural City of Wangaratta

Subsidised companion desexing & microchipping program

$56,810

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Cat Grassroots Desexing Project

$75,000

South Gippsland Animal Aid

South Gippsland Animal Aid Desexing Program

$20,000

Tails of the Forgotten Paws

Kitty’s Big Day Out

$19,000

Victorian Animal Aid

Low cost feline desexing and identification program

$31,250

Previously successful grant applicants

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 10 Nov 2023