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.

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.

Current grants

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

Grant guidelines

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

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 grant recipients will be announced soon.

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

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: 21 Jun 2021