NSW Wildlife Heroes Medium to Large Asset Grant

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

The purpose of this grant program is to enable NSW volunteer wildlife rehabilitation groups (groups) and independents, who hold a Biodiversity Conservation Licence from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment National Parks & Wildlife Service (the Department), to acquire, build, repair or upgrade medium to large assets for use in wildlife rehabilitation.

This grant round is targeted towards medium to large assets that will improve the sector’s capacity to respond to the needs of wildlife in rehabilitation, and meet the Department’s standards as set out in its Codes of Practice. Extra consideration will be given to applications that request funds for assets that are: able to be relocated, have multiple functions and can be shared between multiple independents and / or groups.

Timeframes

Applications open 9.00am 11th November 2022 and close 11.59pm 11th December 2022. All times are in AEDT.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 30th December 2022.

Please read the guidelines below:

Grant information sessions

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

  • 10.00am (AEST) Wednesday 23rd November 2022
  • 4:00 pm (AEST) Thursday 1st December 2022

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Contact

For SmartyGrant application and milestone reporting assistance, please contact: grantsmanager@fnpw.org.au

For any other application assistance, please contact: wildlifeheroes@fnpw.org.au

Funds Available

The total amount of funds available for allocation under this grant program is $160,000.

Grants made available through this program are one off.

The maximum funding available per application depends on whether the applicant is a group or independent.

 

 

Groups

 The maximum grant available for groups is $15,000 per application, with one application only per group.

Requests for funding between $4,000 – $15,000 can include:

  • maximum of two new, medium to large asset/s, and / or
  • funding for repairs or upgrades to existing medium to large assets, where those assets are in line, or being brought in line, with the Department’s Codes of Practice.

OR

Requests for funding under $4,000 can include:

  • funding for repairs or upgrades to existing medium to large assets, where those assets are in line, or being brought in line, with the Department’s Codes of Practice.

 

*Funding above $15,000 may be provided upon discussion with FNPW, and will only be considered where two or more groups have partnered on an application. The funding limit for this type of joint application will be $30,000.

* Funding may not be used as part of a larger project i.e., using $15,000 grant to partially fund a project worth $30,000 will not be accepted.

 

 

Independents

The maximum grant available for independents is $4,000 per application, with one application only per independent.

Requests for funding up to $4,000 can include:

  • building or purchasing one medium to large asset, and / or
  • funding for repairs or upgrades to existing medium to large assets, where those assets are in line, or being brought in line, with the Department’s Codes of Practice.

 

*Funding above this level will only be considered where two or more independents have partnered on the application, or the independent applicant and one or more group/s have partnered on an application. The funding limit for this type of joint application will be $8,000.

* Funding may not be used as part of a larger project i.e., using $4,000 grant to partially fund a project worth $10,000 will not be accepted.

Goals of the grant round

Goals of the grant round

 The key goal of this grant round is to support groups and independents to acquire medium to large assets that will improve the sector’s capacity to respond to the needs of wildlife in rehabilitation. The grant round will:

  • Enable groups and independents to bring existing medium to large enclosures in line with the Department’s Codes of Practice.
  • Enable groups and independents to build or to purchase pre-made medium to large wildlife enclosures.
  • Enable groups and independents to have a central storage structure dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation materials and alleviate pressure on individual volunteers to store items in their own homes.
  • Encourage rehabilitators to consider versatility (relocatable, multi-purpose) when building enclosures, storage facilities and other assets to ensure the asset remains within the wildlife rehabilitation sector into the future.
  • Enable groups and independents to purchase trailers that can be used to: relocate medium to large sized assets; be fitted with a removable enclosure; and / or used in emergency wildlife response.
  • Enable groups and independents to purchase specialised assets that will result in positive wildlife welfare outcomes e.g., misting systems for bat colonies during heat stress, fitting out trailers for emergency wildlife response.

The round aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve the capability and efficiency of groups and independents in their wildlife rehabilitation work.
  • Increase the capacity of the wildlife rehabilitation sector to meet the demand for rehabilitation of wildlife that need medium to large sized enclosures.
  • Improve and optimize outcomes for wildlife i.e., animal welfare and release back to wild

Who is eligible?

Applicants will be eligible for funding if they:

  • are a NSW volunteer wildlife rehabilitator group or independent whose Biodiversity Conservation License begins with MWL,
  • Have a total asset value of no more than $2M as of the last reporting period for the ACNC https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/charities
  • Provide a safe workplace for volunteers. This will include a risk assessment relevant to: the use of the asset, and, the construction of the asset (where applicable). A template and examples will be provided.
  • Hold Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $10M
  • Hold Voluntary Workers Insurance
  • Have no outstanding grant reporting requirements with FNPW or the Department

Consideration will be given to:

  • Medium to large sized pre-release and other rehabilitation enclosures that can be relocated e.g., macropod enclosure that can be moved to fresh pasture, possum pre-release enclosure mounted on a trailer
  • Medium to large sized assets that are multi-purpose
  • Medium to large sized assets that can be shared or used by multiple wildlife rehabilitator groups and / or independents
  • Medium to large sized assets that contribute to broader regional needs for wildlife rehabilitation
  • The applicant’s previous grant track record with Wildlife Heroes.

 

 

 

There will be no appeal regarding eligibility of applications.

The medium to large asset purchased, upgraded, built or repaired with the assistance of the grant must be retained by the applicant group or independent.

The exact terms of asset ownership and management should be determined by the group.

Eligible items

Eligible items the grant can pay for:

  • Materials for the building, upgrade or repair of medium to large sized enclosures that are in line, or will be brought in line with the Department’s Codes of Practice
  • Purchase of pre-made medium to large sized enclosures e.g., aviary, possum enclosures
  • Trailers that can be used to: relocate medium to large sized enclosures; be fitted with a removable enclosure; and / or used in emergency wildlife response
  • Relocatable storage facilities such as shipping containers dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation materials e.g., transport cages, seasonal rehabilitation equipment, wildlife food and formula.
  • Specialised assets that will enable positive wildlife welfare outcomes e.g., misting systems for bat colonies during heat stress, fitting out trailers for emergency wildlife response
  • Reasonable labour costs that have been quoted by a professional licensed contractor for the construction of medium to large assets used in wildlife rehabilitation, including landscape preparation works.

Ineligible expenses for this grant:

  • 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., normal office materials
  • assets that have already been built, upgraded, repaired or purchased

Essential criteria

All applications must comply with essential criteria. Applications that do not confirm the following for their organisation will not be accepted:

  • Have a total asset value of no more than $2 million as of the last reporting period for the ACNC https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/charities
  • Provide a safe workplace for volunteers. This will include a risk assessment relevant to the use of the asset, and, the construction of the asset (where applicable)
  • Have a current ABN (groups only) and associated bank account
  • Have no outstanding grant reporting requirements or outstanding payments with FNPW or the Department
  • Applications must be endorsed by a senior leader of the group such as the Chair, Vice-Chair, President, Vice-President or Secretary (an application by an independent will be endorsed at the discretion of the Department during pre-assessment of the application)
  • Applications must include a quote or detailed budget for each asset and / or repair or upgrade

 

 

Assessment criteria

Assessment:

 During the assessment process, the following criteria will be scored by the assessment panel:

  1. Need: are the benefits to wildlife rehabilitation volunteers clearly demonstrated within the application?
  2. Outcomes for wildlife: how will this asset maintain and improve outcomes for wildlife rehabilitation in your area? Use of Department annual data and identifying Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) threatened species that will benefit from the grant is recommended where appropriate.
  3. Collaboration and versatility: is the asset multi-purpose or relocatable, or can it be shared between multiple wildlife rehabilitators (independents, group members or different groups?
  4. Planning: Is the proposed asset good value for money, has the project been well planned, can it be completed within the set timeframe, and has it taken into consideration future disaster risk?
  5. Will the asset meet the Codes of Practice where relevant?
  6. Overall quality of the application

Preview a sample application.

Application information

  • Applications open 9.00am Friday 11 November 2022 (AEST) and must be received before 11:59pm Sunday 11 December 2022 (AEST).
  • Groups may apply for more than one asset for different project sites on the one application form for a maximum combined total of $15,000. Joint applications with other groups are encouraged.
  • Applications will not be accepted for assets that have already been completed or started in 2022 without prior discussion with the FNPW Wildlife Heroes Project Manager.
  • The project must be started before 30th April 2023.
  • The project must be completed by 30 September 2023.
  • 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 applications for enclosures should demonstrate compliance with NPWS standards outlined in its Codes of Practice
  • Grants made available through this program are one off.
  • If you are unable to meet a milestone deadline, you must notify FNPW in writing, explaining the reasons for the delay. Requests will be considered by FNPW and a maximum two-week extension may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • You must also provide details of any variation to the delivery, implementation or ownership of the project as described in the contract and in your application form and supporting documentation, for consideration by FNPW.
  • The information provided in the final report will be shareable with the general public, media, government and potential funders, to maintain awareness of the need for and benefits of supporting wildlife rehabilitation.

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.

Dates

11th Nov, 2022 Opening of grant round
11th Dec, 2022 Applications close
30th Dec, 2022 Successful email offers with contract sent via SmartyGrants
12th Jan, 2023 Milestone 1 – contract signed and uploaded with invoice 1
30th April, 2023 Milestone 2 – upload of receipts with invoice 2
30th Sept, 2023 Milestone 3 – final report with invoice 3

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.

Preview risk assessment template and examples.

Grant administration and record keeping

The NSW Wildlife Heroes Medium to Large Asset 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 proof of commencement)
  • Payment 3: 10% of grant upon completion of final report milestone 3.

Assessment process

  • Application period: 11 November 2022 – 11 December 2022.
  • 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.
  • Public announcement of successful applications – January 2023.

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Privacy

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.