NSW Wildlife Heroes – Personal Protective Equipment Grant 2023

The Wildlife Heroes – NSW Personal Protective Equipment 2023 grant program is managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) with funding from the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.


The $70,000 grant round is an initiative of the NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy and part of the Wildlife Heroes, Caring for Carers campaign.


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 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use in wildlife rehabilitation activities.


This grant round is targeted towards PPE that will used to improve volunteer safety when rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife.


Applications open: 26 May 2023 at 9.00am AEST and close: 26 June 2023 at 11.59pm AEST.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 18 July 2023.

Final Milestone deadline: 24 October 2023

Who is eligible?

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • NSW volunteer wildlife rehabilitator groups or independents whose Biodiversity Conservation License number begins with MWL, and
  • 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)

Eligible items the grant can pay for:

  • High visibility vests
  • High visibility shirts
  • Shirts with reflective strips
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • First aid kits
  • Snake bite kits
  • Snake gaiters
  • Headlamps, torches
  • Rescue underway safety beacons / temporary road signs
  • Emergency whistles
  • Face masks
  • Hats / caps / sun visors
  • Sunscreen
  • Postage of items (incoming and outgoing)

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
  • PPE that has already been purchased

Priority will be given to:

  • Groups and independents that treat the largest volume of wildlife annually proportionate to member numbers.


There will be no appeal regarding the eligibility of applications.


All PPE purchased with the assistance of the grant must be used and retained within the wildlife rehabilitation sector. The exact terms of PPE ownership and management should be determined by the volunteer wildlife rehabilitation group or independent receiving the grant.