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National Grants Program 2021

WIRES committed $5 million dollars to a five-year National Grants Program to be rolled out from 2021-2025. The WIRES National Grants Program (WIRES NGP) is designed to support best practice rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, an increase in emergency preparedness in the sector, and native species recovery projects to improve long-term outcomes for wildlife in Australia. For more information and application details, view the WIRES National Grants Program overview.

As part of the grants program we have awarded two special named grants in honour of Mikla Lewis and Pat Connors, two incredible individuals critical to WIRES inception and development. These grants are The Mikla Lewis OAM Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Grant, and the Pat Connors Avian Grant.

In 2021, there were 67 successful projects, with every state and territory across Australia represented.

WIRES National Wildlife Grants Program 2021

2021 - Successful Grant Recipients and Projects

ACT

  • Tier 2 - ACT Wildlife Inc - Rescue equipment and consolidation

NSW

  • Tier 1 - Numeralla Wildlife Shelter - Joey Shelter
  • Tier 2 - Koala Conservation Australia Ltd. - Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Enclosure Enhancement and Plant Nursery
  • Tier 2 - Wildcare Queanbeyan Inc. - Wombat Rehabilitation Recruitment (Spreading the love of wombat care)
  • Tier 2 - Wildlife ARC Society Inc. - Increasing emergency preparedness and community awareness
  • Tier 2 - Wildlife In Need of Care (WINC) - Season Preparation
  • Tier 2 - LAOKO Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue - Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) Vaccination for LAOKO Rescuers
  • Tier 2 - Hunter Wildlife Rescue - Emergency Management
  • Tier 3 - Northern Slopes Landcare Association in partnership with North West Regional Koala Arks - Warialda Koala Education & Native Habitat Restoration program
  • Tier 3 - Fix It Sisters Shed - Habitat production (burrows)
  • Tier 3 - Friends of the Koala - Community Engagement Initiative
  • Tier 3 - Clarence Landcare - Snap and Trap for Wildlife Protection and Community Engagement
  • Tier 4 - Film Projects - The Koala Corridor
  • Tier 4 - Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare Inc - Top of the Range Glossy Black Cockatoo Nest Hollow Project Phase 2: Monitoring and Management
  • Tier 4 - WildBnB Wildlife Habitat - Saving the Acrobats of the Forest
  • Tier 4 - Murdoch University/Taronga Zoo - Investigating the Health and Disease of Platypuses in NSW
  • Tier 4 - Charles Sturt University - Pre-Release Health & Post-Release Fate of Rehabilitated Wildlife
  • Tier 4 - Griffith University - Leave It School - an online dog training program to reduce wildlife attacks
  • Tier 4 - Western Sydney University - The Hawkesbury-Nepean Platypus Project

NT

  • Tier 3 - Karrkad Kanjdji Trust - Wardekkan Mayh (Species) Recovery Project

QLD

  • Tier 1 - Bundy Wildlife Rescue Inc. - Wildlife Intensive Care Units
  • Tier 1 - TigerLodge WildCare
  • Tier 1 - Wallabies RNR, wildlife rescue and release
  • Tier 1 - Lana Field
  • Tier 2 - The Agile Project - Wildlife Rescue - Medications, feeding equipment, formula + microscope for fecal float testing
  • Tier 2 - Wildcare Wildlife Inc - Mobile Release Aviaries
  • Tier 2 - Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD - Increasing Emergency Response Capacity for Large-Scale Flying Fox Events
  • Tier 2 - Bat Rescue Inc. - Equipment
  • Tier 2 - Queensland Koala Society Inc. - QLD Koala Society Rescue Equipment
  • Tier 3 - Rainforest Rescue - ‘Repairing The World Heritage Daintree Rainforest’s Wildlife Habitats’ Project
  • Tier 3 - Bats and Trees Society of Cairns Inc. - Save our spectacled flying-fox. Community education program and Enhancing care capacity to assist recovery of the species
  • Tier 3 - Bush Heritage Australia - Saving Australia's smallest freshwater fish: Developing a more strategic approach to excluding invasive Gambusia fish from Red-finned Blue eye habitat.
  • Tier 3 - Australian Animals Care and Education Inc. - Turtle Rehabilitation
  • Tier 4 - Gympie and District Landcare Inc - Imbil Rail Trail Revegetation
  • Tier 4 - Watergum Community - Fire-Effected Glider Habitat and Rescue Enhancement Project
  • Tier 4 - University of QLD - Habitat restoration methods to conserve hollow-dependent threatened mammals and birds

SA

  • Tier 1 - Adelaide Hills Kangaroo Rescue - Thermal Imagery
  • Tier 1 - Flying Fox Heat Stress Kit
  • Tier 2 - Kangaroo Pouch Animal Orphanage - Kangaroo Enclosure Extension
  • Tier 2 - Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue 1300KOALAZ - Koala Rescue & Rehabilitation Program
  • Tier 3 - (Mikla Lewis Grant) - Nature Foundation - Helping secure the endangered Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren
  • Tier 3 - Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species Ltd - Reintroducing the Western Quoll & Red-tailed Phascogale back into the wild
  • Tier 4 - Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife Inc - KI Land for Wildlife Conservation Education Program

TAS

  • Tier 1 - Cradle Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Tier 1 - Magra Haven
  • Tier 1 - Native Corners Project
  • Tier 1 - Wallaby enclosure 600m2
  • Tier 1 - Hughenden Wildcare - M*A*S*H Ancillary Enclosure and treatment facility
  • Tier 2 - Inala Foundation Inc. Bruny Island Wildlife Care
  • Tier 2 - Tasmanian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Inc. - Getting Existing Bat Flight Recovery Aviary Operational
  • Tier 2 - Yolly's Wildlife Rescue - Demountable soft release enclosures
  • Tier 4 - Devils@Cradle - Cradle Mountain off-Display rescue & rehabilitation facility - supporting species recovery programs for threatened carnivorous marsupials

VIC

  • Tier 1 - Koalas of Raymond Island Inc.
  • Tier 1 - Venomous snake rescue/rehabilitation
  • Tier 1 - Reptile Rehab
  • Tier 1 - Rescue Equipment
  • Tier 2 - St Andrews Wildlife Shelter - Feeding Ringtails in care at St Andrews Wildlife Shelter
  • Tier 3 - Red Box Wildlife Shelter - Project Preparedness medical facilities
  • Tier 3 - Connecting Country Inc - Who's in that nest box? Empowering volunteers to monitor threatened phascogales
  • Tier 3 - Murrindindi Ranges Wildlife Shelter - Adult Wombat Rehabilitation Facility
  • Tier 4 - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Safe-Guarding Short-tailed Shearwaters

WA

  • Tier 1 - Healing Hands Wildlife Care Inc. - Water tank for joeys in care
  • Tier 2 - Western Australian Seabird Rescue - Increasing Seabird Rehabilitation Capacity in WA
  • Tier 2 - Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary - Building a Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tier 2 - Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc. - Kangaroo Shelter
  • Tier 2 - Goldfields Native Animal Care - Hopbush Pre-release Pen
  • Tier 3 - (Pat Connors Grant) - Native Animal Rescue - Refuge Enclosures for Baby Black Cockatoos

WIRES is proud to be able to support these fantastic groups and projects, and we look forward to sharing the project updates and outcomes as they take place.

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