WA Rehabilitation & Emergency Grant Guidelines

The WA Wildlife Heroes Rehabilitation and Emergency Grants program is funded and managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service.

WA Wildlife Heroes Rehabilitation & Emergency Fund

Through this program a pool of $150,000 is available to support rehabilitation and emergency related activities over the 2020-21 financial year. Applications must be submitted by COB Monday 8th June 2020.

The program aims to achieve the following outputs:

  • Decrease cost of emergency, and everyday response, to rehabilitators
  • Increase number of wildlife that can be rescued, rehabilitated and released
  • Enable wildlife groups to buy appropriate equipment and PPE for emergency response and to increase their skills and knowledge
  • Promote the need for WA wildlife rehabilitators to be licensed


The program aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve efficiency, safety and effectiveness of wildlife emergency response operations
  • Support wildlife volunteers to respond to emergencies (financially, organisationally, psychologically)
  • Improve wildlife group emergency response capacity long-term

How Can You Apply?

Applications can be received on 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.

Who is eligible to apply?

FNPW and DBCA will consider proposals for funding from:

  • WA wildlife rehabilitation organisations or groups that hold or have applied for a Fauna possessing (other purposes) licence and
  • WA individual wildlife rehabilitators that hold or have applied for a Fauna possessing (other purposes) licence.

Information on applying for a licence is available here:


 Licence applicants must have read, understood and agree to abide by the:

    1. Code of Practice for Wildlife Rehabilitation in Western Australia
    2. Western Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Standards and Guidelines – Euthanasia
    3. Western Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Standards & Guidelines – Management of rehabilitated wildlife that cannot be released into the wild

How much can you apply for?

In this program the maximum grant available is:

  • $10,000 for rehabilitation facilities or incorporated groups with more than 20 volunteers
  • $2,500 for rehabilitation facilities or incorporated groups with 2 – 20 volunteers
  • $500 for individual licensed rehabilitators

What can the grant pay for?

Eligible items the grant can pay for:

  • fuel vouchers for volunteers working on emergency operations
  • purchase or hire of cages, tents, tables and other equipment
  • animal food and formula
  • feeding bottles, teats, syringes, needles, wipes
  • wraps and pouches
  • rehydration fluid and other first aid medication
  • first aid kit materials
  • PPE and safety equipment for volunteers including hats, sunscreen, fluoro vests, torches
  • water and food for volunteer refreshments during an emergency response
  • hiring fees for local hall or room to be used for training or as a wildlife emergency operation centre
  • storage equipment for consumable supplies
  • reference books, small publications and guidelines
  • training costs including development of courses, speaker fees, printing and catering
  • veterinary services
  • development and testing of procedures to improve preparedness for wildlife emergency response

Ineligible expenses for this grant:

  • stipends, wages or personal payments for time worked
  • administration costs
  • large assets or major facility projects
  • social or fundraising functions
  • elicitation of donations
  • rehabilitation of introduced, feral or declared pest species
  • office equipment including computers
  • any costs incurred as part of business as usual e.g. hotline expenses, normal office materials
  • any item not on the eligible items list


Major catastrophic events:

Additional funds may be made available at the discretion of the funder for temporary accommodation for wildlife rehabilitation facilities and volunteers.

Contract and Reporting Requirements

Grants made available through this program are one off.


If your organisation is successful in receiving a grant you will be required to complete a grant agreement and a final report outlining the expenditure requested in your application. By submitting an application you are agreeing to comply with the obligations set out in the following documents:

Example contract (pdf) – correct as  of Jan 18, 2020

Example acquittal form (pdf) – correct as of Jan 18, 2020

More information

For further information, please contact:

DBCA: Ms Veronica Wilson  Veronica.wilson@dbca.wa.gov.au

FNPW: grantsmanager@fnpw.org.au 


Note: Not all groups or individuals are able to be funded. All applicants will be notified of the status of your project after evaluation. 

Grants for WA Wildlife Heroes

Current grant rounds:

WA Wildlife Heroes Rehabilitation and Emergency Fund

Further information on the Wildlife Heroes project


Contact us directly about the project, including media enquiries: wildlifeheroes@fnpw.org.au

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