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Of the available $250,000, $120,000 will be divided up evenly between the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Wildlife Hospital and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to help cover the costs of caring for animals being brought in for treatment. 

The remaining funding, $130,000, will be provided to individual carers and wildlife care groups.

Eligible individual carers who do this selfless work on behalf of all Queenslanders can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 and eligible care groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

The round will open 29 January 2020 with grants provided in an ongoing basis until all funding is allocated, so interested applicants should apply early when the round opens.

Applications for the Wildlife Carers Assistance Grants will open for funding at 9:00am on 29 January 2020.

  • Grants up to $2,000 (ex GST) are available to individual wildlife carers.
  • Grants up to $5,000 (ex GST) are available to wildlife care organisations. 

Funding will be provided for items which directly assist existing Queensland wildlife carers and care groups in the rescue and rehabilitation services they provide to sick or injured wildlife.

Applications will be accepted from individuals and organisations who:

  • have held a current Queensland permit as a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group for at least 12 months
  • are undertaking rehabilitation activities from their registered location
  • have no convictions under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 or the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 during the past ten years
  • have not had an authority cancelled or accumulated ten or more demerit points during the past three years
  • have submitted annual returns and maintained a register for all protected animals rescued or cared for in accordance with the requirements of their rehabilitation permits
  • have consent from the relevant property owner to undertake wildlife care activities.

In order to ensure a smooth application process, please have the following on hand when applying:

  • a copy of a current Queensland permit as a wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife care group. The permit must be in the name of the individual or the organisation applying for the grant
  • confirmation from the relevant property owner to undertake the wildlife care activities
  • a budget which details your project expenditure
  • a quote and design dimensions for any proposed enclosures to be constructed.

Grant program guidelines and the application form will be published on the Department of Environment and Science’s website on 29 January 2020 at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/community-sustainability

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