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Wildlife Heroes Grants

The Wildlife Heroes project commenced in NSW through the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife in NSW to support wildlife rescue and rehabilitation volunteers across Australia.

The three year project was developed in conjunction with the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and supported by the NSW Government through it’s Environmental Trust.

Through the generous support of the Commonwealth Government, in 2020 and 2021 we are able to extend the Wildlife Heroes Emergency Response program nationally, offering grants and resources to wildlife volunteers and wildlife friendly vets Australia wide who are responding to emergencies stemming from the 2019/20 bushfires.

Wildlife Heroes grants support the following areas:

  • Emergency response – Equipment, consumables and immediate support for emergencies including bushfire, flood and heat stress events.
  • Assets and equipment – Large durable assets to support rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife and small assets that assist volunteers and vets rehabilitate wildlife safely.
  • Vaccinations – vaccinations for lyssavirus for bat handlers and Q-fever for all volunteers working with native wildlife.
  • Training and mentoring – support for skills development and volunteer retention.

When can you apply?

All Wildlife Heroes grants are listed on the Wildlife Heroes website when they become available.


Each state is listed individually as funding opportunities and requirements for funding may vary between states.


How can you apply?

All Wildlife Heroes grants are run with the support of state governments across Australia and all volunteers applying for funding must be registered with their state licencing or permit body. To find out more about native wildlife rescue and rehabilitation licencing and permits in your state visit:


Wildlife Heroes grants are administered through the FNPW SmartyGrants Portal and will be listed on the portal when they are open for applications.

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Wildlife Heroes

Wildlife Heroes supports volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate wildlife with grants, training and resources. Join the force of kindness and become a Wildlife Hero.