1. What is the 2022 Flood Emergency Wildlife Response Grant?
The 2022 Flood Emergency Wildlife Response Grant program supports authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers who are rehabilitating wildlife prior to flood and taking on additional sick or injured wildlife impacted by the recent floods in Victoria.
A total pool of $243,000 is available to support authorised Wildlife shelter operators and foster carers in the 59 local government areas. This grant is to address the immediate needs and basic supplies and services in response to the current flooding emergencies.
2. Who can apply?
To be eligible for this Flood Emergency Wildlife Grant,
- You must be an authorised wildlife shelter operator and foster carer caring and rehabilitating wildlife.
- Not hold any convictions for fraud, convictions under the Wildlife Act 1975 or the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 during the past ten years.
- You are living in the flood affected local government areas (see Appendix A).
- Your shelter or operation have been impacted by the 2022 Floods in Victoria or
- You have taken on additional sick and injured wildlife during the significant floods in October – November 2022.
3. How much can I apply for?
A one-off payment of up to $750 per shelter operator or foster carer as long as they meet the eligibility.
Funds for this round are intended to be spent during the 2022-23 financial year.
4. What might be funded?
This funding is to support authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers to enable them to address the immediate needs and basic supplies in response to flood emergencies. The eligible items are consumables (See Appendix B for the eligible items and Appendix C for ineligible Items).
5. When is the application open and close?
This grant will open in mid-December 2022 and operate as a rolling fund, with each application assessed as they are received until the funds are exhausted.
Early applications are strongly encouraged.
6. What supporting documents will need to be provided?
You need to provide a record of animals in the application form that you were rehabilitating prior to the floods and additional wildlife that you have taken into care because of the 2022 floods (see Appendix D for an example).
7. What are the funding conditions?
7.1 Funding agreements
Successful applicants must enter into a funding agreement with the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action (DEECA). The Victorian Common Funding Agreement (short form) will be used for this funding. Information is available on https://www.vic.gov.au/victorian-common-funding-agreement. DEECA will send the agreement via Adobe Sign to you to sign electronically.
A single upfront payment will be paid into your nominated bank account within 2-3 weeks of the signing of the agreement by both parties. DEECA will provide supplier details form for you to complete prior to payment.
The activity does not include using the Funding for political campaigning or advocacy activities for political parties.
7.2 Legislative and regulatory requirements
In delivering the activity grant recipients are required to comply with all relevant Commonwealth and state/territory legislations and regulations, including but not limited to:
- The Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth)
- The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic)
- Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
- Wildlife Act 1975
- Wildlife Regulations 2013
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
- Firearm Act 1996
- Wildlife Shelter and Foster Carer Authorisation Guide, 2019-20, DEECA.
All recipients are expected to abide by their authorisation conditions
7.3 Tax implications
Applicants should consult the Australian Taxation Office or seek professional advice on any taxation implications that may arise from this grant funding.
Successful applicants without an ABN will need to provide a completed Australian Taxation Office form ‘Statement by a Supplier” so that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment.
GST: If you are registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), where applicable we will add GST to your grant payment and provide you with a recipient created tax invoice.
7.4 Acknowledging the Victorian Government’s support
Successful applicants are expected to acknowledge the Victorian Government’s support and promotional guidelines (https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/grants) will form part of the funding agreement. Successful applicants must liaise with the departmental program area to coordinate any public events or announcements related to the project.
Payments will be made as long as:
- The funding agreement has been signed by both parties.
- Other terms and conditions of funding continue to be met.
Any personal information about you or a third party in your application will be collected by the department for the purposes of administering your grant application and informing Members of Parliament of successful applications. Personal information may also be disclosed to external experts, such as members of assessment panels, or other Government Departments for assessment, reporting, advice, comment or for discussions regarding alternative or collaborative grant funding opportunities. If you intend to include personal information about third parties in your application, please ensure that they are aware of the contents of this privacy statement.
Any personal information about you or a third party in your correspondence will be collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other applicable laws.
Requests for access to information about you held by DEECA should be sent to the Manager Privacy, P.O. Box 500 East Melbourne 8002 or contact by emailing Foi.email@example.com.
8. How to apply for the grant?
Applications are submitted online using the Grants Online portal.
To apply, go to the grant program website wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/flood-emergency-wildlife-response-grant
From this web page, click on the ‘Start New Application’ button.
You will be asked to enter your username. if you don’t have one, click on the “Create an Account” button.
Keep a record of your username (email) and password for future reference. Try to choose an email that will not change in the future because over time your account will record your grant history.
To return to a saved draft application, click on the “Access Saved Application’ button.
You will receive an application number when you submit an application online. Please quote this number in all communications with the department relating to your application.
Note: No hard copy applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
9. Where to find help?
You can contact the DEECA Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
10. What happens after I submit my application?
DEECA will assess each application as they are submitted.
The team will notify the outcome of your application.
If successful, the team will forward a simple contract via Adobe Sign for you to sign.
We will also provide supplier (banking) details form for you to complete to facilitate payment.
11. Do I need to provide a progress or final report?
No. You do not need to submit a final report to DEECA.
12. Key dates
Mid December 2022
31 January 2023 or until the funds are expended
As soon as it is assessed and deemed eligible
Read these guidelines and the information about this grant program at wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/flood-emergency-wildlife-response-grant before applying and complete the following checklist.
- Read these guidelines carefully?
- Checked if you are, or your organisation is, eligible for this grant funding?
- Checked that you would be able to comply with all relevant laws and regulations in delivery of your activity?
- Prepared the appropriate supporting data or documents?
Appendix A – Eligible Local Government Areas in Victoria
Name of Local Council
Name of Local Council
Alpine Shire Council
Mansfield Shire Council
Ararat Rural City Council
Maribyrnong City Council
Banyule City Council
Maroondah City Council
Baw Baw Shire Council
Melbourne City Council
Benalla Rural City
Mildura Rural City Council
Mitchell Shire Council
Brimbank City Council
Buloke Shire Council
Moonee Valley City
Campaspe Shire Council
Moorabool Shire Council
Central Goldfields Shire
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
City of Ballarat
Mount Alexander Council
City of Casey
Moyne Shire council
City of Greater Bendigo
City of Greater Geelong
Nillumbik Shire Council
City of Greater Shepparton
Northern Grampians Shire
Colac Otway Shire Council
Pyrenees Shire Council
Corangamite Shire Council
Southern Grampians Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council
Gannawarra Shire Council
Surf Coast Shire Council
Glenelg Shire Council
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Golden Plains Shire Council
Towong Shire Council
Hepburn Shire Council
Warrnambool City Council
Hindmarsh Shire Council
Wangaratta Rural City Council
Horsham Shire Council
Wellington Shire Council
Hume City Council
Wyndham City Council
Indigo Shire Council
Whittlesea City Council
Latrobe City Council
Wodonga City Council
Yarra Ranges Council
Macedon Ranges Shire
Yarriambiack Shire Council
Manningham City Council
Appendix B – Eligible Items
Veterinary fees and supplies
Fuel for travelling to and from rescue sites
Appropriate medications for animal first aid and / or prescribed by a veterinarian
Vaccinations or booster costs for lyssavirus
Food including fresh, dried, frozen or formula
Cleaning products (disinfectant including F10 disinfectant, hand wash, hand sanitiser, tissues, etc)
Medical supplies including gauze, cotton tips, bandages, thermometers, and nursing pads
Tip fees are permitted providing you comply with Condition 12 of DEECA Wildlife Shelter and Foster Carer Authorisation Guide, July 2019
Personal first aid kits
Crop needles for feeding
Personal protective equipment (glovers, eye/face protection, hi-vis vests)
Appendix C – Ineligible Items
Other Consumable, Infrastructure and equipment
Vouchers for consumable items, including fuel vouchers
Insurance (all types)
Lethabarb for euthanasia
Credit to vets
Utility costs including rates, electricity, water, gas, and sewerage bills
Scheduled chemical capture drugs listed in Schedule 4 and 8 in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006.
Enclosures or shelters
Infrastructure / fencing
Infrared and motion sensing surveillance camera, wireless trail cameras
ICU for animals
Firearm, captive bolt, or any darting equipment
Dishwashers or freezers
Computers, laptop, tablets, phones
Chainsaws including pole chainsaws
Plumbing of water
Trailers – all types
Any vehicle servicing, maintenance, or registration
Items not directly related to care and rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife impacted by floods
Appendix D – Type and Number of Wildlife under care or rehabilitation prior to flood and additional wildlife that you have taken into care due to floods
Type of Wildlife
Number of Juvenile Wildlife
Number of Adult Wildlife
Possums and gliders
Page last updated: 06/01/23