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 8 grant rounds offered to deliver the Victorian Government's $3 million boost to the Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program.

Upcoming grants

Online applications for round 8 grant funding closed at midnight on 1 December 2019.

Apply for a grant

Round 8 funding closed at midnight on 1 December 2019. Round 9 funding has not opened.

These links open up a secure online application form:

Grant guidelines

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

Round 8 of the program offered:

  • a total of $200,000 to not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats
  • a total of $450,000 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 were offered to deliver round 8 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

Latest grants awarded

The Minister for Agriculture, on behalf of the government, offered round 7 grants to not-for-profit organisations that improve the welfare of animals.

These included:

  • animal shelters and rescue groups
  • organisations promoting responsible animal ownership education
  • community foster care networks
  • groups that provide relief facilities and services during an emergency.

These are the details of the successful Round 7 (2018 to 2019) applicants and their projects.

Successful small grant applicants for round 7 (2018 to 2019)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Camperdown Dog Lovers

Let's Take a Paws

$5229

Wala Animal sanctuary

Helping Homeless Companion Animals

$10,000

Successful large grant applicants for round 7 (2018 to 2019)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Community Animal Hospital surgery, clinic and recovery rooms fit out

$45,505

Mount Alexander Animal Welfare

Enhancement of Kennels and Surrounds

$40,000

2nd Chance Cat Rescue

Shelter Sanctuary

$50,000

The Lost Dogs' Home

Visual Kennel Barriers and Water/Feed Bowl Upgrade

$30,000

Eastern Domestic violence Service (EDVOS)

Vets Against Violence

$20,424

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

Regional High Volume Desexing and Community Behaviour Change

$50,000

Previously successful grant applicants

View details of applicants that have previously been awarded grants.

Page last updated: 11 Jul 2020