NSW Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset Grant guidelines

The NSW Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset grant program is managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife with funding from the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

This grant program will enable licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitation groups (groups) and licensed independent rehabilitators (independents) and not-for-profit/ non-government veterinary hospitals to acquire larger durable assets for use in the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of animals as a result of emergency situations.

This grant round will prioritise support to rebuild and repair fire damaged wildlife care infrastructure and improve existing assets to increase the wildlife rehabilitation sector’s capacity to respond to fire emergencies.

Grant information sessions

Applicants are advised to attend the following online information sessions before filling in an application form.


  • 10.00am (AEST) Thursday 17 September


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Funds Available

The total amount of funds available for allocation under this grant program is $300,000. A maximum of 50% of available funds may be awarded to not-for-profit wildlife veterinary hospitals.


The funds are available for allocation in the 2020-2021 financial year.


Grant requests should be between $10,000 and $50,000. Grants for assets worth more than $50,000 will be considered where there is a co-contribution of funds or where two or more groups have partnered on an application.


Preference will also be given to projects where there is a co-contribution from the group, another charity, corporate donor or other sources.

Goals of the grant round

  • Enable licensed wildlife groups, not-for-profit wildlife veterinary hospitals and independent licence holders to buy appropriate equipment for emergency response that meets NPWS standards i.e. Codes of Practice.
  • Replace assets lost during the summer 2019-20 fire emergency.
  • Reduce the cost of emergency response to individual volunteers.
  • Increase the capacity of the wildlife rehabilitation sector to meet the demands of future emergency events.
  • Enhance the efficiency, safety and effectiveness of wildlife emergency response operations.
  • Improve animal welfare outcomes for injured wildlife.

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcomed from:

  • Licensed NSW volunteer wildlife rehabilitation groups and independent wildlife licence holders.
  • Not-for-profit, non-government wildlife veterinary clinics and hospitals.

Applicants will be ineligible for funding if they are:

  • Based outside of NSW.
  • An individual member of a wildlife group.
  • Not a licensed wildlife rehabilitation group or independent licensed wildlife rehabilitator or a not for profit/non-government wildlife veterinary clinic or hospital.

Eligible items

Individual assets must have a value of $10,000 or more to be eligible. Applications that combine smaller value assets to reach a minimum value of $10,000 will not be considered. Each application is for one asset only. Groups should submit a new application for each asset.


Eligible items the grant can pay for:

  • mobile diagnostic equipment or intensive care units.
  • trailers for carrying emergency response equipment.
  • component of mobile wildlife hospital or emergency response vehicle (e.g. custom fitting or modification).
  • purchase, construction, upgrade or repair of holding cages, pens and enclosures for housing and transporting animals.
  • purchase, construction, significant upgrade or repair of large, fixed enclosures, particularly pre-release enclosures.


Ineligible expenses for this grant:

  • consumable items.
  • stipends or personal payments to group members, staff or volunteers for time worked.
  • administration and travel costs.
  • any costs incurred as part of business as usual e.g. hotline expenses, normal office materials.
  • training costs.
  • any individual item with a value of less than $10,000.
  • replacement of any asset destroyed in the 2019/20 bushfires that was covered by insurance.

Essential criteria

  • Applicant must provide a safe workplace for volunteers. All applications must include a risk assessment. Evidence of volunteer insurance and WHS policies may be requested.
  • Applicant must have a current ABN and associated bank account.
  • Applicant must have public liability insurance of minimum of $10 million covering the project area.
  • Applicant must not have outstanding grant or other reporting requirements with FNPW or NPWS.
  • Application must have endorsement from the Chair/CEO//President or Practice Manager.
  • Application must include a quote or detailed budget.
  • Asset must comply with NPWS Code of Practice where applicable.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

    1. Need: why is this asset needed (i.e the value of the asset to the sector)
    2. Outcomes for wildlife: how will this asset maintain and improve outcomes for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in your area?
    3. Collaboration: how will this asset help wildlife rehabilitators within a group or different groups better work together?
    4. Emergency response capacity: how will this asset support improved emergency response in your area?
    5. Health and safety: how will this asset support or improve volunteer health and safety.
    6. Planning: value for money, project planning and funding co-contributions.


Priority will be given to:

  • Assets that can be shared or used by multiple groups.
  • Replacing assets damaged in the 2019-20 summer bushfire event.
  • Large pre-release or other rehabilitation enclosures.
  • Assets that increase the group or veterinary hospitals capacity to respond to fire emergencies.

Preview a sample application.

Application information

  • Applications open 9.00am Friday 28 August (AEST) must be received before 5.00pm Friday 25 September (AEST).
  • Groups may submit more than one application for different project sites. Joint applications with other groups are encouraged.
  • Applications will be accepted for assets where construction has already started. The asset build must have begun after 1 April 2020. At least 50% of the costs must have already been covered by the group.
  • Applications will not be accepted for assets that have already been completed.
  • The project must be started within 3 months of the date of the Grant Agreement
  • The project must be completed by 30 May 2021 unless an approval for extension of time to complete the project has been sought and approved in writing from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
  • The applicant is responsible for sourcing appropriate sites for asset construction or storage and setting out internal rules for ongoing management of and access to the asset.
  • All applicants must declare the purchased assets will comply with NPWS standards outlined in its Codes of Practice
  • Grants made available through this program are one off.

Application process

Applications can be received on the SmartyGrants portal. Applications will only be accepted via the online applications portal. The portal includes examples of the application form and information regarding dates for application for each round.


TBC. There will be no appeal regarding eligibility of applications.

Ownership of asset

The enclosure or equipment purchased with the assistance of the grant will be the property of the successful applicant. The exact terms of asset location and management should be determined by the group.

Grant administration and record keeping

The NSW Wildlife Heroes Large Asset Fund grant program will be administered using the online SmartyGrants grant management program. Applications must be made via SmartyGrants.


The following documents will also be stored by SmartyGrants:

  • Financial invoices, contracts and acquittal forms.
  • Contact details of organisations and grantees.
  • Additional documentation required for application assessment and reporting.


Payment schedule for this grant will be as follows:

  • Payment 1: 60% of grant upon completion of milestone 1 (signing of contract).
  • Payment 2: 30% of grant upon completion of milestone 2 (communication milestone and financial report outlining co-contribution for project).
  • Payment 3: 10% of grant upon completion of final report & acquittal form.

Assessment process

  • Application period 9.00am 28 August – 5.00pm 25 September (AEST.
  • Pre-assessment of applications will occur throughout the application period.
  • Each application is merit assessed by at least three members of the Wildlife Heroes Working Group (made up of Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and National Parks and Wildlife staff members).
  • Groups may be contacted to verify items requested and costs.
  • All applicants will be notified of outcome by email. Successful applicants will be provided with a contract to be signed by October 2020.
  • Public announcement of successful applications – October, 2020.


The information provided in grant reports will be shareable with the general public, media, government and potential funders, to maintain awareness of the need for and benefits of supporting wildlife emergencies.


Applicants acknowledge that information regarding their application, including personal information, may be provided to relevant government departments or other animal welfare organisations for use to promote the good work of wildlife rehabilitation in NSW.


The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife reserves the right to publicise and report on the awarding of grants on the FNPW website and in newsletters.


Published information includes but is not limited to: name of the individual/s, grant amount, details of the equipment or enclosure and information regarding the estimated number and species of animals assisted by the grant. Exact asset locations would normally not be published and family names may be withheld on request.


By submitting an application for a grant, the applicant consents to the publication of the above information if they are awarded a grant.