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

Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants

Online applications for round 2 Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grant funding closed at midnight on 1 May 2022. Successful grant recipients will be announced soon.

Round 2 of the Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants offers 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 2 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 $471,500 to support not-for-profit equine rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming organisations.

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

Grant guidelines

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

Individual Pet Rehoming grants

Round 1 of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants offered $1.25 million to pet rescue and rehoming organisations to support the rehoming of dogs and cats.

Online applications for round 1 grant funding commenced on 21 June 2021. Eligible organisations were able to 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.

Online applications for round 1 of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants are now closed, as applications amounting to the full $1.25 million allocation have now been submitted. Submitted applications are being processed in the order of receipt and applicants will be notified on the outcome of the assessment process via email upon completion.

Future rounds of the Individual Pet Rehoming grants will be offered. To receive an email alert upon commencement of each new round, please register for Animal Welfare Victoria’s news alerts.

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Latest grants awarded

The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, offered round 10 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 10 (2022) applicants and their projects.

Successful rehoming pets small grant applicants for round 10 (2022)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Cat People of Melbourne

Cat People of Melbourne Foster Carer Development Program

$10,000

Happy Huskies Victoria Inc.

Equipment, Safety & Knowledge for Happy Huskies and its Volunteers

$9,984

Squishies Flat Faced Animal
Rescue

Saving Victoria’s Neonates

$8,415

The Lost Dogs’ Home

Replacement Cleaning Trolleys

$10,000

Successful rehoming pets large grant applications for round 10 (2022)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Australian Animal Protection Society

Meet and Greet Building – The BIG Kennel

$100,000

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Community Pets Support Program

$27,500

Cherished Pets Foundation

Emergency Pet Care for Owners in Crisis

$100,000

Sunny Days Rescue & Rehab

Upgrade of Stray Cat Rehabilitation Centre

$93,200

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

New Exercise/Play Yards for Kennels at Burwood East

$87,790

Victorian Animal Aid

Shelter Kennels Redevelopment

$100,000

Successful new low-cost vet clinic grant applicants for round 10 (2022)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Give a Kitty a Home

Wyndham Community Vet

$154,000

Regional Community Vet Clinic

Low Cost Community Veterinary Clinic

$200,000

Right Vet Pty Ltd

Whitfield Veterinary Clinic

$200,000

Westside Community Desexing Inc.

Consolidating the Establishment of Westside Community Desexing

$50,000

Successful vet equipment upgrades and expansions grant applications for round 10 (2022)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Forever Friends Animal Rescue

Forever Friends Headquarters – Onsite Vet Clinic

$45,000

Lort Smith

Acquisition of Surgical Equipment

$49,217

Lort Smith

Acquisition of X-ray Generator and Table

$30,495

Lort Smith

Customised Cat Condos

$50,000

Lort Smith

Dog Housing Cages for Hospital

$50,000

Lort Smith

New X-ray Direct Image Acquisition System

$50,000

Project Underdog Rescue Inc.

Fit out of Mobile Vet Clinic and Animal Rescue Transport Van

$50,000

Project Underdog Rescue Inc.

Purchase of Mobile Vet Clinic and Animal Rescue Transport Van

$50,000

The Lost Dogs’ Home

Essential Veterinary Equipment

$49,248

The Lost Dogs’ Home

Replacement Veterinary Equipment

$13,380

Previously successful grant applicants

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 19 May 2022