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NSW Wildlife Heroes Emergency Grants

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

NSW Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

The overall purpose of this grant program is to support wildlife rehabilitation groups undertaking work in emergency situations.

A total of $35,000 is currently available through this grant program.

The key goals are:

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:

When are applications open?

Applications will only be accepted via the online applications portal between 1 and 14 January 2020.

How can your group 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.

Evaluation & selection criteria

In this program the maximum grant available is $5,000 for groups and $500 for independent licence holders; and it is expected that the average grant will be of the order of $3,000.

Grants will cover materials and activities that are carried out during a specific 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, all reimbursements should be made for items purchased above
  • 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

Eligible emergency events include:

  • flood
  • stranding
  • extreme heat event
  • hailstorm
  • cyclone

Ineligible emergency events include:

  • bushfires

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.