The Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program provides funding to support wildlife rehabilitators including shelter operators and foster carers, to purchase a range of equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training.

The program aims to help wildlife rehabilitators by:

  • increasing their knowledge/skills in the care of wildlife
  • improving their facilities to treat, house and rehabilitate wildlife for release
  • improving the standard of wildlife care provided for specialist species (e.g. raptors) or threatened species (e.g. brush tailed phascogales).

Photo credit: Rick Hammond, Zoos Victoria

Who can apply?

Wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria who:

  • hold a current permit as a shelter operator or foster carer for at least two (2) years
  • have no convictions for fraud or convictions under the Wildlife Act 1975 or the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 within the past ten years
  • have submitted all Completion Statements for previous funding under this program and have no outstanding compliance requirements
  • have the consent of the property owner.

How can I apply?

Applications for the 2017/18 round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program have closed.  

Applications for the 2018/19 round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants will open on 1 July 2018.