Animal Welfare Grants Now Open

Not-for-profit groups dedicated to reuniting pets with their owners, rehoming lost pets, running dog socialisation classes and providing responsible pet ownership education are now eligible for grants thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, today announced applications are now open for the $1.6 million Animal Welfare Fund.

Now in its fourth year, the Animal Welfare Fund grants program provides grants of up to $50,000 to non-government and not-for-profit organisations that improve the welfare of animals.

This year, grants will prioritise services, systems or infrastructure which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of foster care and rescue groups with consideration also given to applicants providing services in the areas of:

  • Community education in responsible pet ownership
  • Relief services including through the provision of facilities to the community during emergencies
  • Re-homing of companion animals and reuniting lost companion animals with their owners
  • Socialisation classes for dogs including facilities to promote dog exercising in parks

Organisations can apply online for small grants of up to $10,000 or large grants of up to $50,000 by visiting

Round Four Animal Welfare Fund grant applications close on 31 July 2015.

Quotes attributable Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford

“We take animal welfare seriously – that’s why we’re supporting these volunteer organisations that play such an important role in improving and protecting the welfare of our pet companions.”

“I would urge all animal shelters, animal foster care networks and groups that provide much needed relief facilities and emergency services to apply for funding through this program.”

“Previously funded projects include infrastructure improvements for shelters and rescue groups, subsidised de-sexing and micro-chipping services, animal care and rehabilitation schemes, responsible pet ownership education and services to cater for animals during emergencies.”

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