Wildlife rehabilitation groups are being reminded that the closing date for applications to help cover costs of wildlife emergency response following the recent floods is this Sunday 15 May.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) is providing $100,000 in grants to wildlife rehabilitation groups responding to the 2022 NSW Floods, under its Environmental Trust funded Wildlife Heroes project.
Department of Planning and Environment Director Grants, Tina Bidese, said the FNPW is partnering with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in the development of the Wildlife Heroes project.
‘The flooding affected many communities and individuals deeply and while the priority will always be on protecting human life and rebuilding affected communities, many dedicated wildlife rehabilitation groups in New South Wales also need support to help them continue their important work,’ Ms Bidese said.
‘These grants will help fund wildlife emergency response activities following the widespread flooding events, helping to reduce the economic burden on the volunteer organisations.
‘For example, licensed wildlife rehabilitation groups responding to flood emergencies will be able to apply to help them cover costs such as equipment and veterinary expenses.
‘Groups who have not previously received emergency funding are especially encouraged to apply,’ Ms Bidese said.
Launched in 2019, the Wildlife Heroes project is part the NSW Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy.
Since the project’s launch, support has been given to address various issues impacting volunteer wildlife rescue groups, including bushfire response, Q Fever and Lyssavirus vaccinations and assistance for veterinarians.
Community engagement, wildlife education and training are also priorities of the project.
Applications close 15 May and grants of up to $10,000 per volunteer group will be distributed by the FNPW under the Wildlife Heroes Project.