In 2012, The NSW Wildlife Council began trialling a small grants program to help rehabilitators with the costs of either purchasing equipment or with building animal enclosures. The 2012 round of grants saw 5 groups each receive $1000 to help with very worthwhile projects.
Applications for the 2013 round of grants have closed.
Rehabilitation is a costly enterprise. The NWC would like to assist its members with some of the more expensive projects that restore to health our injured, ill or orphaned native animals. The initial grant fund is $5,000 per year which will be evenly distributed among five successful applicants, each receiving $1,000.
This inaugural grants project is funded directly by the NWC. We welcome enquiries for future sponsorship of this scheme so we can continue to support our carers in their life saving work.
2013 Wildlife Carer Grants
In its second year, another five worthy projects received $1000 each under the NWC Wildlife Carer Grants scheme.
With this money Majors Creek Wombat Refuge at Majors Creek purchased and installed a wireless video / closed circuit TV monitoring system into four indoor wombat enclosures for close observation of injured wombats. The monitoring system is a Guardian 2720 with extra cameras and monitor.
Julia McConnell from Reptile Rescue wrote:
“I wish to thank you all for voting for our project under the NWC Rehabilitator Grant Program. I attach a photo of Bill with the just finished project. The first bank was completed some time ago, but the 2nd bank took a little longer to complete and Bill is still in the process of making the wire baskets to cover the lights, which are necessary for some animals such as pythons, who like to climb and will wrap around the lights and burn themselves.
These banks are already in use, having contained a couple of black snakes, a blue tongue, copperhead and tiger snake this season already. We ended up dispensing with the wheels as it would have made them too tall for me to access the top enclosures competently. Once again, thank you so much, we are very appreciative.”
There were two other recipients each receiving $1000 in 2013: Native Animal Rescue Group, and Wildlife Rescue South Coast.