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National Wildlife Grant Programs

In recent years Australian wildlife has been devastated by a series of record-breaking natural disasters including severe droughts, fires and floods. These have compounded existing challenges for native animals such as habitat loss and disease. With many native species already at risk of extinction, and scientists warning these emergency events will be experienced more frequently in future, the threats to wildlife have rapidly accelerated.

WIRES believes collaboration is key to addressing these challenges for wildlife, and WIRES is partnering on projects that deliver improved outcomes for native animals. Projects that utilise the expertise of, and share knowledge between, wildlife rehabilitators, researchers, conservation professionals, citizen scientists, environment organisations, government agencies and community groups, to deliver the best long-term outcomes for Australian species.

To increase national wildlife rescue and rehabilitation capacity, support wildlife and habitat disaster recovery, and deliver the best long-term protection and preservation outcomes for wildlife, WIRES has initiated the following national grant programs.


NATIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM

Launched in 2021, WIRES began a five-year National Grants Program where $5 million is allocated, $1 million per annum, to support wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and recovery across Australia. For more information view WIRES National Grants Program.

In Year 1, 67 grants to improve outcomes for wildlife, were awarded across 4 Tiers, to groups in all states and territories. View 2021 National Grants Recipients
Applications for Year 2 will open in July 2022


RESEARCH GRANTS PROGRAM

Launched in 2022, WIRES began a three-year Research Grants Program where $1.5 million is allocated, $500,000 per annum, to support critical national wildlife research projects. For more information view WIRES Research Grants Program.

Year 1 applications closed March 2022. View 2022 Research Grants Recipients
Applications for Year 2 will open early 2023.


VETERINARY VACCINATION GRANTS

In 2021, to increase veterinary capacity to treat flying-foxes and microbats, WIRES launched a program to support veterinary clinics to get more staff vaccinated, as anyone handling bats must be vaccinated against Australian Bat Lyssavirus. Many species of flying-foxes and microbats were already classified as vulnerable to extinction or endangered before the Black Summer fires, and flying-foxes are vital long-range pollinators crucial to healthy ecosystems.

Wildlife rescuers and carers rely heavily on the generosity of veterinary clinics and wildlife hospitals to triage and treat injured flying-foxes and microbats. Flying-foxes often come into care with severe injuries from entanglement and swift treatment of these injuries is critical for their survival. Flying-foxes are also highly susceptible to heat stress as entire colonies can be severely affected, and these emergency events are becoming more common in summer months.

For more details view WIRES Veterinary Vaccination Grants Update


EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANTS

In 2020, in the aftermath of the Black Summer fires, WIRES ran two national Emergency Relief Grant Programs, committing over 2 million to rescue and rehabilitation projects that supported 223 carers and groups across Australia, and 1 million to providing emergency assistance to veterinary clinics treating wildlife.

For details on some of the projects supported view WIRES Emergency Relief Grants Update and Currumbin Hospital Extension Update.


PROJECT UPDATES

2021 WIRES National Grant Program Grantees

2021 WIRES National Grant Program Grantees

WIRES has announced the 67 recipients of the 2021 WIRES National Grant Program whose projects aim to improve outcomes for... read more

Flying-fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant

Flying-fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant

Updated 21st March 2022Thank you to all the veterinary practices who applied for a WIRES Flying-Fox Veterinary Vaccination Grant in... read more

WIRES Research Survey

WIRES Research Survey

If you work with Australian wildlife and their habitats, WIRES is interested in hearing from you! This survey will be... read more

WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

WIRES Launches Major Grant Program for Wildlife Sector

WIRES has announced a $5million grants program to improve outcomes for Australia’s native wildlife. WIRES National Grant Program will be... read more

Wildlife Research Grants Program

Wildlife Research Grants Program

WIRES has announced it will fund a $1.5 million wildlife research grants program to be launched early 2022. This program... read more

Official Opening of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Extension

Official Opening of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Extension

Just 12 months ago Australia was at the end of our worst fire season in history, which followed one of... read more

WIRES Partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to Help Wildlife

WIRES Partner with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to Help Wildlife

Image: Steve Holland PhotographyWIRES is proud to be supporting Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Queensland to expand its facility and be equipped... read more

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

Emergency Relief Grants Overview

The first week of January 2020 was one of the worst in our history, as the ongoing tragic toll of... read more