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NSW Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency Fund 2019

The Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency Fund 2019 grant program is funded by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust and managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

NSW Wildlife Heroes Bushfire Emergency Fund 2019


Through this program up to $200,000 is available to support bushfire related emergency activities over the 2019-20 financial year.

The program aims to achieve the following outputs:

  • Increase number of wildlife emergency responders in NSW
  • Decrease cost of emergency response to individual carers
  • Increase number of wildlife that can be rescued and cared for during an emergency
  • Enable wildlife groups to buy appropriate equipment and PPE for emergency response

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


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 $10,000 for groups and $1,000 for independent licence holders; and it is expected that the average grant will be of the order of $2,500.
Grants will cover materials and activities that are carried out during a specific bushfire emergency event only.

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

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

Grants made available through this program are one off.

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: