16 Sep 2020 Media Release

Grants to Help Sick and Injured Wildlife Now Open

Registered wildlife shelters and carers in the Eastern Metro region will have the opportunity to have their important work supported with extra funding available this year through a Victorian Government grants program.

The 2020-21 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are now open with $200,000 available to help wildlife shelters and carers look after sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Member for Eastern Metro, Sonja Terpstra said another $30,000 will also be made available to key wildlife institutions and priority projects.

Wildlife rehabilitators can apply for individual grants of $3,000, an increase of $500 on last year, to help fund items such as food, rescue equipment, petrol, veterinary fees and new enclosures.

Since 2008 the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program has provided $2.3 million in individual grants through an annual competitive grant process, and organisation grants to key wildlife institutions.

Anyone who finds sick, injured or orphaned wildlife can use the Government’s Help for Injured Wildlife online tool to find a registered shelter or carer anywhere in Victoria.

For more information about the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program, visit: wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants

To report a sick or injured animal, contact Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300 or visit: wildlifevictoria.org.au for information and advice.

Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio MP

“Victoria’s wildlife carers do a fabulous job supporting our precious wildlife – we’re proud to support this important work and help make sure it continues.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metro Region, Sonja Terpstra

“We’re fortunate to have people in our community passionate about the care and protection of our wildlife and it’s great to be able to support them and what they do through these grants.”

“Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne has some of the most vibrant ecosystems that rely on local wildlife to make them the open spaces Melbournians enjoy. These grants will go a long way to ensuring those spaces continue to be enjoyed for years to come.”