Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grants Now Open
We are supporting authorised Wildlife Rehabilitators to care for wildlife affected by bushfires in the 2019-2020 fire season.
The role that wildlife shelter operators and foster carers play in responding to the bushfire crisis is vital and funding is now available to help them.
Authorised shelter operators and foster carers in Victoria are invited to apply for a Wildlife Rehabilitator Bushfire Grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Who is eligible to apply?
Grants are available for eligible shelter operators and foster carers caring for wildlife affected by bushfires occurring in the 2019-2020 fire season, such as devastating fires of East Gippsland, North East and South West Victoria.
To be eligible wildlife rehabilitators must:
- Have current DELWP authorisation to operate as a wildlife rehabilitator.
- Be rehabilitating wildlife affected by significant fires in the 2019-2020 fire season.
- 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.
How much can I apply for?
A one-off payment of up to $1,000 is available to assist authorised wildlife rehabilitators in their capacity to care for bushfire-affected wildlife.
What items are eligible?
These grants are for the most immediate and basic supplies and services to support your wildlife emergency response. Feed, consumables and veterinary consultations are eligible items.
What is the application period?
Applications are open during the 2019-20 fire season period, and unlike regular WRG grants, these will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as they are submitted.
This grant round will close by 30 April 2020 at 5:00 PM.