Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program

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Grants are available to not-for-profit and community organisations who:

  • rehome pets
  • provide low-cost veterinary services.

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 a $3 million boost to 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.

There will be four rounds offered to deliver the Victorian Government's $3 million boost to the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program.

Upcoming grants

Online applications for round 9 grant funding will open on 12 November 2020 and close at midnight 12 December 2020.

Round 9 of the program offers:

  • a total of $250,000 to not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats
  • a total of $500,000 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 9 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 $50,000 (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 $150,000 (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.

Only 1 application will be permitted per organisation.

For more information contact pet.welfare@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 9 funding can do so online from 12 November 2020 until midnight on 12 December 2020.

These links open up a secure online application form:

Latest grants awarded

The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, offered round 8 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 8 (2019 to 2020) applicants and their projects.

Successful rehoming pets small grant applicants for round 8 (2019 to 2020)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Geelong Animal Rescue (GAR) Limited

Project Mayday Geelong

$5,117

Horsham People for Animal Welfare Society

Behaviour adjustment training for foster carers and dog training instructors

$1,200

No Hairs Ark Facility upgrade$1,688
Forever Friends Animal Rescue Latrobe IncDisability and Aged Care (DAAP)  Desexing Program$10,000

Successful rehoming pets large grant applicants for round 8 (2019 to 2020)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Starting Over Dog Rescue

Mobile education and transport van

$30,990

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Upgrade of Adoption Cattery facility

$25,000

Victorian Animal Aid

Weather proofing dog training and exercise area Coldstream

$26,340

Racing 2 Rehome Greyhound Adoption Group

R2R mobile greyhound rescue and rehoming vehicle

$35,500

Blue Cross Animals Society of Victoria

Enrichment multi-sensory environment areas — feline and canine

$13,908

Successful new low cost vet clinic grant applicants for round 8 (2019 to 2020)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Lort SmithLort Smith Campbellfield low-cost veterinary clinic$150,000
Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS)New community veterinary clinic$150,000
Maneki Neko Cat Rescue (MNKR)Community vet clinic $29,300
Project delivery under negotiation $91,385

Vet equipment upgrades and expansions grant recipient for round 8 (2019 to 2020)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Community Vets Pty LtdNew equipment$50,000

Previously successful grant applicants

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 14 Jan 2021