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Grants to aid animals

By Country News

Non-profit animal welfare organisations across Victoria can now apply for grants of up to $50000 to turn their ideas into reality.

The Animal Welfare Fund Grants Program is seeking grant applications that benefit creatures great and small, with consideration given to community education programs regarding responsible ownership of animals, animal relief services and facilities for emergencies, facilities to promote dog exercise and socialisation in parks, and upgrades or extensions to facilities to improve the welfare of companion animals.

Previous successful applicants include emergency pet accommodation providers, animal rescue services, animal shelters and education groups.

To be eligible for a grant, organisations must be not-for-profit and meet a range of criteria, including projects to support the improvement of companion animal welfare.

There are small grants of up to $10000 with large grants ranging from $10001 to $50000, up to a total of $250000 in 2017-18.

A second round of the program will be run in 2018-19 with a further $250000 available.

Grants will be assessed by Animal Welfare Victoria in line with the requirements of the Domestic Animals Act.

■For more information, visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au/animalwelfaregrants