$500,000 In Grants For Passionate Wildlife Carers

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation The Honourable Leanne Linard
  • The Miles Government is making up to $500,000 in funding available for individuals and organisations who care for sick and injured native wildlife.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 are available to individual wildlife carers, with up to $25,000 available for wildlife care organisations.

People with a passion for caring for sick and injured native animals and releasing them back into the wild are encouraged to apply for funding to increase their capacity for rehabilitation services.

The Miles Government is offering up to $500,000 in funding to support people or organisations that are committed to providing care.

The funding will help existing or new wildlife carers and wildlife organisations with current and valid rehabilitation permits to provide services that generate the greatest benefit for Queensland’s sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Eligible applicants include individuals and not for profit organisations that:

  • Hold a current Queensland rehabilitation permit as an individual wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group
  • Are conducting or intend to conduct rehabilitation activities in accordance with their rehabilitation permit issued by the department.

Individual wildlife carers can apply for grants of up to $10,000, and wildlife care organisations can apply for grants of up to $25,000.

The grants will cover training expenses, care equipment such as enclosures and shelters, hospital and feeding consumables, food and food preparation and storage equipment.

As stated by the Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation Leanne Linard:

“Our wonderful wildlife carers and care groups provide a vital service to our native wildlife and the Miles Government is committed to supporting them.

“This $500,000 investment under round eight of our Community Sustainability Action grants will increase the availability of expert help for sick and injured native animals across Queensland.

“This new funding with help our dedicated cares expand their capacity to support native wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release to the wild.

“Our passionate wildlife carers will be able to purchase the necessary equipment to support the provision of acute, intermediate and pre-release care.

“Importantly, this funding will benefit wildlife rehabilitation across Queensland by helping train the next generation of wildlife carers.

“I have seen first-hand the vital work of Queensland’s passionate and dedicated wildlife carers, and I’m pleased this funding will allow them to continue caring for animals in need.

“Providing care for sick and injured animals can be a 24/7 responsibility and there is great joy when our wildlife carers release rehabilitated animals back into the wild.”

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