Native Animal Welfare

NSW Wildlife Council Doubles 2021 Grants for Wildlife Carers

The NSW Wildlife Council (NWC), the peak body for wildlife rehabilitation in NSW, has doubled the 2021-2022 grants budget to $40K for wildlife carers who play a vital role in the survival of native fauna.

The NWC aims to achieve optimal outcomes for native fauna, representing 26 licensed wildlife groups and more than 3,000 wildlife carers in the state. The Rehabilitator Enclosure and Equipment Grants program acknowledges the pivotal role played not only by wildlife rehabilitators, but also by their groups.

The 2020 grants assisted a number of rehabilitation projects involving wildlife from joeys, wombats, flying foxes and raptors to marine reptiles, whales, dolphins and more!

In announcing the 2021/22 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, Audrey Koosmen, NSW Wildlife Council Chair, said, “a few benefits that have come from the bushfires and cost savings from COVID lock down are that the Council has been able to double its budget for 2021 -2022 grants for wildlife rehabilitators to $40,000.”

Grant applications for equipment and enclosure projects ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be accepted between 18 June 2021 and 31 July 2021.

Mrs Koosmen added that generous public donations during the 2019/20 bushfires and other cost savings has enabled the Council to put additional funding into helping wildlife rescuers and carers with equipment and enclosures they need in their volunteering with native wildlife.

“It is a real privilege to be able to provide help to these volunteers in their often 365-day-a-week volunteering for injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife. The public gave generously to our members’ work with wildlife and this additional funding will go where the donating public expect it to go – to directly benefit native animals that need our help,” she said.

Wildlife Council member groups cover the whole of NSW with 3,000 volunteers trained to look after wildlife that needs help. The NWC encourages eligible authorised wildlife rehabilitators and licenced rehabilitation groups to apply.

For more information see: www.nwc.org.au/wildlife-rehabilitatior-enclosure-equipment-grants-program-for-2021-2022/

All grant enquiries to [email protected]