Animal Welfare Grant Program

Page last updated: Monday, 29 November 2021 - 8:12am

The Western Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the welfare of companion animals and wildlife through grants for not-for-profit activities including fostering and rehoming pets, rehabilitating wildlife, and providing low cost or free animal health and veterinary services.

Community and not-for-profit organisations provide essential community services in rehoming and fostering an increasing number of surrendered, neglected and abandoned companion animals. Similarly, factors such as bushfire and urbanisation have increased the number of displaced and injured wildlife needing rehabilitation.

The recent detection of Ehrlichia canis (a potentially deadly disease affecting dogs, with the potential to be transmitted to humans) in the north of Western Australia (WA) has highlighted the need to partner with both local and remote communities for successful outcomes in animal health programs.

The Western Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the welfare of companion animals and wildlife through grants for not-for-profit activities including fostering and rehoming pets, rehabilitating wildlife, and providing low cost or free animal health and veterinary services.

Grant information

The Animal Welfare Grant Program will offer grants of up to $50 000 (GST free) to eligible organisations. The grant program, administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), will run for four years, commencing in 2021-22 financial year. One round will run each financial year.

These grants recognise that companion animals play a significant role in the lives of Western Australians and are an example of the government’s continued commitment to improving the welfare of animals in WA.

Interested parties may include, but are not necessarily restricted to:

  • Animal shelters
  • Wildlife carers, rescue groups and rehabilitation centres
  • Companion animal foster care and rescue networks
  • Veterinary clinics, universities and local governments who provide low cost or free services in relation to desexing, microchipping and the provision of veterinary care.

Eligibility

Specific eligibility criteria can be found in the Program Guidelines, on the right of this page. If you are not sure if your organisation could be eligible to apply, please email animal.welfare@dpird.wa.gov.au.

Application process

Applications for round 1 of grant funding have closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in due course.

Online applications for round 2 of grant funding will open on 1 April 2022, and will be accepted until 30 April 2022. All eligible applications will be assessed by DPIRD according to the criteria in the Program Guidelines.

Further information

DPIRD will keep this webpage up-to-date with information on the application process. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found to the right of this page.

For further information on the grant program, or to register your interest in future rounds, please email animal.welfare@dpird.wa.gov.au. Please include the subject header ‘Animal Welfare Grant Program’.