Grants open to help care for companion animals

The State Government is supporting more Victorian pet owners to have better access to veterinary and rehoming services across the state.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas announced that applications are open for the latest round of the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grants Program which will support animal shelters, foster carers and not-for-profit and community vet clinics to expand their services and help even more companion animals.

More than $1.5 million is available to eligible organisations under Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program form veterinary clinic and rehoming pet grants. This includes:

• Up to $100,000 for shelters and not-for-profit organisations to purchase equipment or to upgrade and

expand their services

• Up to $200,000 to establish new, low-cost vet clinics

• Support for veterinary equipment, upgrades and expansions at not-for-profit and community vet clinics.

Former grant recipient Megan Seccull, of the Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS), said the grant money she received meant she was able to purchase new veterinary equipment.

“We feel so fortunate to also be able to build some high quality animal enclosures for our rabbits and guinea pigs making their transient stay with us pleasant and less stressful,” she said.

Eligible organisations can submit applications to purchase equipment and to upgrade or expand their facility.

The Animal Welfare Fund (AWF) Grants Program improves companion animal welfare and recognises the significant role pets play in the lives of Victorians.

Since the program was launched, 169 grants have been awarded to not-for-profit and community organisations that improve the welfare of animals, totalling almost $4.2 million.

Applications for Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program are open until Friday, 24 December. For more information and to apply visit