Previous successful grant applicants

The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program was established to support improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community.

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Pet Desexing and Equine Rehabilitation grants 2021

Successful equine rehabilitation grants for Round 1 (2021)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Beyond Racing Limited Subsidy for Rehabilitating and Retraining Horses Post-racing $80,000

Forever Friends Animal Rescue

Equine Rehabilitation and Rehoming Stables

$15,000

Harmony Reins Animal Haven

Shelter Building

$28,500

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria

Hope Horse Welfare Project

$55,500

Strong Hearts Farm Sanctuary

Horse Float Grant Application

$19,500

Successful pet desexing grants for Round 1 (2021)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Baw Baw Shire CouncilCommunity Desexing$30,000

Bendigo Animal Relief Centre

Bendigo Community Cat Program (BCCP)

$15,725

Cardinia Shire CouncilCardinia Community Desexing Assistance Program$20,000

City of Port Phillip

Pets of Port Phillip (PoPP) Clinic

$47,521

Glenelg Shire CouncilGlenelg Shire Council Cat Desexing Program$18,500
Golden Plains Shire CouncilCat Desexing within Golden Plains Shire$15,000
Hear No Evil – Australian Deaf Dog RescueFree Cat Desexing for Low-income and Linguistically
Diverse Residents in Targeted Hume Council Suburbs
$7,450
Homeless Hounds Animal Rescue VictoriaCompanion Animal Desexing Program$35,000
Horsham People for Animal Welfare Support (PAWS)No-Cost Feline Desex and Microchipping$20,000
Humane Society for Animal Welfare Inc.Humane Society for Animal Welfare Pet Desexing Grant$30,047
Hume City CouncilDiscounted Hume Mobile Cat Desexing$30,000
Knox City CouncilFree and Discounted Dog and Cat Desexing for
Vulnerable and/or Disadvantaged Knox Residents
$25,000

Meow Rescue

Last Litter Program

$15,000

Mildura Rural City Council

MRCC's Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Program

$25,000

Moira Shire CouncilCat Care Moira$20,000
Moreland City CouncilCat desexing program$20,000
Second Chance Animal RescueSCAR De-sexathon$66,000

Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming

Please Don't Litter! A desexing program for vulnerable and disadvantaged pet owners

$16,900

Swan Hill Rural City CouncilSwan Hill Rural City Council Low-cost
Animal Desexing Program
$5,000
Victorian Animal AidNo-Cost Feline Desexing and Identification Program$25,000
Wodonga City CouncilWodonga Council Desexing Program$10,500

Successful Round 9 grants (2021)

Successful rehoming pets small grants for Round 9 (2021)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Chally Rescue Inc.Safe & Healthy Quarantine$10,000
Golden Retriever Rescue Inc.Amichien Bonding Training and Foster Care Equipment$10,000
Heart and Soul Rescue Inc.Increase Heart & Soul Rescue's Capacity to Rescue Cats & Kittens$10,000
Horsham People for Animal Welfare SupportLast Litter Program$5,000

Successful rehoming pets large grants for Round 9 (2021)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Australian Animal Protection SocietyPocket Pet Adoption Area$50,000
Geelong Animal Welfare SocietyKitten Enclosures$41,000
Lort SmithCampbellfield Animal Shelter/Adoption Centre$50,000
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) VictoriaDog Adoption Kennels Renovation RSPCA Pearcedale:$50,000
Victorian Animal AidFeline Outdoor Enrichment Space$23,897

Successful new low-cost vet clinic grants for Round 9 (2021)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Westside Community Desexing Inc.Westside Community Desexing$150,000

Successful vet equipment upgrades and expansions grants for Round 9 (2021)

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
Animal Poisons HelplineExpanding access to veterinary poisons advice and pet poisoning education:$50,000
Meow and Friends Community VetExpanding desexing facilities and introduction of dental procedures in the South East$50,000
Metcalfe VetImproving the Care$49,220
Second Chance Animal RescueCommunity Vet Clinic Extension$50,000
The Lost Dogs’ HomeVeterinary Dental equipment upgrade$46,629

Small grants 2019–2020

Successful rehoming pets small grants for Round 8 (2019–2020)

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Forever Friends Animal Rescue Latrobe Inc

Disability and Aged Care (DAAP)  Desexing Program

$10,000

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

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

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Upgrade of Adoption Cattery facility

$25,000

Blue Cross Animals Society of Victoria

Enrichment multi-sensory environment areas – feline and canine

$13,908

Greyhound Racing Victoria

Greyhound Adoption Program Facility Upgrade

$50,000

Racing 2 Rehome Greyhound Adoption Group

R2R mobile greyhound rescue and rehoming vehicle

$35,500

Starting Over Dog Rescue

Mobile education and transport van

$30,990

Victorian Animal Aid

Weather proofing dog training and exercise area Coldstream

$26,340

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

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS)

New community veterinary clinic

$150,000

Lort Smith

Lort Smith Campbellfield low-cost veterinary clinic

$150,000

Maneki Neko Cat Rescue (MNKR)

Community vet clinic

$29,300

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

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Community Vets Pty Ltd

New equipment

$50,000

Small grants 2018–2019

Successful small grants for Round 7, 2018–2019 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Camperdown Dog Lovers

Let's Take a Paws

$5229

Wala Animal sanctuary

Helping Homeless Companion Animals

$10,000

Large grants 2018–2019

Successful large grants for Round 7, 2018–2019 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

2nd Chance Cat Rescue

Shelter Sanctuary

$50,000

Eastern Domestic violence Service (EDVOS)

Vets Against Violence

$20,424

Mount Alexander Animal Welfare

Enhancement of Kennels and Surrounds

$40,000

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Community Animal Hospital surgery, clinic and recovery rooms fit out

$45,505

The Lost Dogs' Home

Visual Kennel Barriers and Water/Feed Bowl Upgrade

$30,000

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

Regional High Volume Desexing and Community Behaviour Change

$50,000

Small grants 2018

Successful small grants for Round 6, 2018 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited

Project RESCUE FURR REAL

$4,711

Hear No Evil — Australian Deaf Dog Rescue

Desexing and education program

$10,000

Horsham Dog Obedience Club Inc.

Education program for promoting responsible ownership through engagement with a behavioural expert

$2,450

Pets of the Homeless Ltd

IT enhancement for pet foster care program

$10,000

Pug Rescue & Adoption Victoria Inc.

Essential equipment and education program for CFCN foster carers

$10,000

Purrs of Point Cook Inc.

Improving efficiency of rescue group

$4,500

Squishies Flat Faced Animal Rescue Inc.

Increasing capacity and reducing costs for Flat Faced Animal Rescue

$8,000

Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc (SARG)

Collaborate and connect

$9,500

The Mark's Ark Inc.

Adoption day equipment

$3,000

Victorian Brumby Association Inc.

Increase training facilities and add safety yard

$6,498

Large grants 2018

Successful large grant applicants Round 6, 2018 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services

Canine environmental enrichment and training facility

$50,000

Mt Alexander Animal Welfare Inc.

New cattery facility to replace non-compliant housing

$50,000

Stafford Rescue Victoria Inc.

SRV foster shelter facilities

$50,000

Victorian Animal Aid

Feline isolation wards

$30,000

Small grants 2017

Successful small grant applicants for Round 5, 2017 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

The Association of Hazaras in Victoria

Animal Welfare Awareness Project

$5,500

Horsham Dog Obedience Club Inc.

Better facilities for dogs, handlers & trainers

$1,681

Arctic Rescue Victoria Inc.

Arctic Breeds Responsible Pet Ownership and Desexing Program in High Risk Populations

$10,000

Cherished Pets Foundation

Customer management IT upgrade

$7,920

Pawsome Friends Inc.

Make Pawsome Awesome. Expand Pawsome Friends Inc. community reach, donations, viability and obtain essential rehabilitation and training equipment.

$4,114

Victorian Brumby Association Inc.

Shelters for rescue/ training/ isolation yards

$9,801

Gunyah Animal Healing Sanctuary Inc.

Upgrade to existing facilities for cats, dogs, horses and ponies

$9,817

Large grants 2017

Successful large grant applicants for Round 5, 2017 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Bendigo Animal Welfare and Community Services

Emergency Pet Accommodation Support Expansion and Feline Desexing & Responsible Cat Ownership Program

$50,000

Victorian Animal Aid

Upgrade of Animal Aid Veterinary Clinic to improve care and welfare of companion shelter animals

$49,500

Maneki Neko Cat Rescue Inc.

Adoption Centre Fit Out

$50,000

Greyhound Safety Net Inc.

Mobile greyhound rescue and rehoming service

$14,000

Beagle Rescue Victoria Inc.

Vehicle purchase and fit out for general and ambulatory transportation of rescue beagles and other dog breeds as a part of BRV's ongoing commitment to rehome rescue canines.

$18,232

Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited

Boot Camp

$33,000

Forever Friends Animal Rescue

Forever Friends Headquarters: A new shelter, training, assessment, rehabilitation and adoption facility for homeless pets

$48,500

Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc.

Responsible Pet Owner (RPO) Project

$40,000

Small grants 2015–2016

Successful small grant applicants for Round 4, 2015–2016 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

T.L.C. Rescue Inc.

Equipment to support animals and volunteers.

$5,100.00

Saffron on the Hill

Upgrade to existing facilities to house abused, neglected and surrendered dogs in preparation for adoption

$10,000.00

Rescued With Love Inc.

New website and pamphlets for our rescue group

$5,000.00

German Shepherd Rescue Victoria

Reshaping Adoptive Success: Increasing the number and improving the success rate of rehoming German Shepherd Dogs in Victoria

$10,000.00

Western Radio Broadcasters Inc. - Stereo 974

Radio Awareness Program re Responsible Pet Ownership.

$10,000.00

Murray River Curly Coated Retriever Association Inc.

Rescue and Rehoming Service

$3,500.00

Warrnambool Dog Training School Inc.

Reactive Dog Workshop

$1,195.00

Australian Animal Rescue Inc.

Australian Animal Rescue Triage Shelter and Live Stock Trailer

$10,000.00

Dog Rescue Association of Victoria Inc.

Training and education support for community fostercare networks and rescue groups

$10,000.00

Echuca Animal Rescue Service Incorporated

Professionally Developing Our Foster Care Network

$6,180.00

Cherished Pets Foundation

Rehoming pets of older pet owners

$10,000.00

Arctic Rescue Victoria Inc (previously part of Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia Inc.)

Expand, develop and resource a strong foster network of volunteers in the assessment, preparation and rehoming of rescued northern breed dogs.

$10,000.00

Chihuahua Rescue Victoria

Help Chihuahua Rescue Victoria continue to rescue, care for/rehabilitate and rehome lost and abandoned Chihuahuas/small crosses; provide boarding for Chihuahuas/small crosses; promote responsible Chihuahua ownership by providing breed specific community education; and improve infrastructure.

$5,000.00

Large grants 2015–2016

Successful large grant applicants for Round 4 2015–2016 were:

Organisation

Project title

Grant amount

Geelong Animal Rescue GAR Limited

Project MOBILise

$19,000.00

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services

Upgrade and expansion of animal shelter facilities

$50,000.00

Adoptable Pet Rescue

Northern Grampians Shire Cat Education and Desexing Scheme

$35,000.00

Lancefield Equestrian Group (LEG) Inc.

Teaching how to rescue trapped horses during natural disasters as well as accidents involving horse floats and incidents where animals fall into sinkholes, septic tanks, swimming pools, ditches, mud and other situations. How to rescue these trapped horses safely without injuring or killing them and without injuring rescuers.

$28,600.00

Horsham People for Animal Welfare and Support

Spreading the word - Desex & Microchip Now!

$37,000.00

Victorian Brumby Association Inc.

Develop an indoor education space for community education and volunteer facilities

$14,226.05

Pets Haven Foundation

Community veterinary clinic and adoption centre

$50,000.00

Berwick Obedience Dog Club Inc.

Funding to complete the drainage of the grounds of the Berwick Obedience Dog Club

$18,000.00

Small grants 2014–2015

Successful small grant applicants Round 3, 2014 – 2015 were:

Project title

Organisation

Grant amount

SARG - Foster Carer Training & Supported Desexing Program

Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group Inc.

$10,00.00

Foster care manual for community foster care networks in Victoria

Dog Rescue Association of Victoria Inc.

$8,200.00

Holding and training facility upgrade

Victorian Brumby Association

$8,645.00

Continuing Foster Carer training, recruitment & community awareness. New web-based database and intranet development and implementation

Golden Retriever Rescue - Victorian Branch

$10,000.00

Traralgon & District Horse Emergency Facility

Traralgon Pony Club

$4,862.00

Engaging & Educating Community -About Responsible Ownership of Animals - an interactive approach

McIvor Neighbourhood House Healthcote Inc.T/A Heathcode Community House

$10,000.00

Locate and rescue at-risk Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and other Artic breeds, provide appropriate veterinary care and accommodation and consequently rehome these animals

Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia Inc. (AMRAA), Victorian Branch

$10,000.00

Crisis Pets - a paw in need

Victorian Dog rescue & Resource Group Inc.

$7,000.00

Disability and Senior Pensioners love their cats

Forever Friends Animal Rescue Latrobe Inc.

$10,000.00

Companion Animal Welfare - Educating and Involving Our Community

Echuca Animal Rescue Service

$3,850.00

Large grants 2014–2015

Successful large grant applicants Round 3, 2014–2015 were:

Project title

Organisation

Grant amount

Mobile Low-Cost Desexing Service

The Lost Dogs' home

$50,000.00

Assessment and treatment of companion animals in emergencies: webinar series

Australian Veterinary Association (Victoria Division)

$12,400.00

Save-a-Dog Scheme Yarrambat Acoustic Improvement Project

Save-a-Dog Scheme Inc

$50,000.00

Emergency Accommodation, Training and Exercise Area for Animals

Victorian Animal Aid Trust

$50,000.00

Free Microchipping for the pets of owners with Health Care Cards

Lost Smith Animal Hospital

$28,500.00

Inspectorate Animal Care and Rehabilitation

RSPCA Victoria

$50,000.00

Mother and Kittens Crisis Program

Forever Friends Animal Rescue

$35,000.00

Small grants 2012–2013

Successful small grant applicants for Round 1, 2012–2013 were:

Project title

Organisation

Grant amount

Save a Dog Animal Management System

Save A Dog Scheme Inc.

$9750.00

Rescue Infrastructure

Victorian Dog Rescue & Resource Group Inc.

$10,000.00

Paws for Purrfect Patient Therapy

Paws for Purrfect Patient Therapy

$10,000.00

Education program for foster carers working with community foster care networks

Victorian Dog Rescue & Resource Group Inc.

$10,000.00

Social Media Website Integration

Shar Pei Rescue Inc.

$10,000.00

Help the Sanctuary continue to care for & rehome cats & kittens & improve infrastructure

Gunyah Animal Healing Sanctuary Inc.

$9,000.00

Young at Heart – Senior Companion Animal Adoption Fee Waiver

RSPCA Victoria

$10,000.00

Large grants 2012–2013

Successful large grant applicants for Round 1, 2012–2013 were:

Project title

Organisation

Grant amount

Emergency Welfare Assistance for Animals in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area

Lort Smith Animal Hospital

$50,000.00

Bairnsdale Dog Adoption Centre

Victorian Animal Aid Trust (East Gippsland)

$50,000.00

Infrastructure support for expansion of facilities

Bendigo Animal Welfare & Community Services Incorporated

$50,000.00

Desexing Companion Animals

Victorian Dog Rescue & Resource Group Inc.

$35,000.00

Animal Welfare Disaster Response Website

Victorian Animal Aid Trust (Coldstream)

$33,260.00

Free Cat Desexing and Microchipping Scheme: Ballarat, Warrnambool, Wangaratta and Portland

RSPCA Victoria

$46,000.00

The Lost Dog's Home Pet Licence

The Lost Dog's Home

$21,000.00

Additional grant

One additional grant was awarded (to a 'non standard' application):

Project title

Organisation

Grant amount

Handbook and Storybook for PPHWV horse representatives and owners resources.

Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria

$2530.00

Page last updated: 17 Nov 2022