Backyard Buddies

SA Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

The SA Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund grant program is funded and managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

SA Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

Through this program a minimum of $75,000 is available to support emergency related activities over the 2019-20 financial year.

The program aims to achieve the following outputs:

The program aims to achieve the following outcomes:

Who is Eligible to Apply?

FNPW considers proposals for funding from:

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.


Selection Criteria

In this program the maximum grant available is up to $10,000 for shelters and incorporated bodies. It is expected that the average grant will be of the order of $4,500

The amount requested must not exceed:

  • $10,000 for rehabilitation facilities or incorporated groups with more than 20 volunteers
  • $5,000 for rehabilitation facilities or incorporated groups with 4 - 20 volunteers
  • $1,000 for rehabilitation facilities with less than 3 volunteers

Eligible items the grant can pay for:

  • fuel vouchers for volunteers working on emergency operations
  • 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
  • hiring fees for local hall or room to be used as a wildlife emergency operation centre
  • veterinary services

Ineligible expenses for this grant:

  • stipends or personal payments for time worked
  • administration costs
  • any costs incurred as part of business as usual e.g. hotline expenses, normal office materials
  • any costs not occurred as a result or in preparation for the designated emergency
  • 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 care 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



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


Further information on the Wildlife Heroes project.

Wildlife Heroes FAQ Wildlife Heroes FAQ (220 KB)

Contact us directly about the project, including grant enquiries: