About the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants

The Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program provides funding to support wildlife rehabilitators including shelter operators and foster carers. Funding can be used to buy equipment, new enclosures, cages, nesting boxes, for training, food, petrol, veterinary fees, medical supplies and similar expenses.

The program aims to help wildlife rehabilitators to:

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

Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants 2020-21

This year, the total amount available has increased by $500, from $2,500 to a maximum of $3,000 per grant.

This is in recognition of the enormously valuable efforts of Victoria’s volunteer wildlife carers. They work tirelessly to care for and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Who is eligible to apply?

Individual wildlife rehabilitators who:

  • have held a current permit as a shelter operator or foster carer for at least the past 2 years
  • are undertaking their rehabilitation activities from their registered location
  • are the only person applying from a given address (i.e. only one grant per address)
  • have no convictions for fraud or convictions under the Wildlife Act 1975 or the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 during the past ten years
  • have submitted all Completion Statements for previous funding from this program
  • have the consent of the property owner
  • are undertaking activities in compliance with all public health measures and requirements in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to apply

Start a new application

Return to a saved application

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

Other resources

Grants Online Information Sheet (PDF, 308.7 KB)

Grants Online Information Sheet (accessible) (DOCX, 400.7 KB)

Training attendance template (Excel, 25.9 KB)

Further information - including shelter records and wildlife shelter and foster carer authorisation guides