Announcing the opening of the 2020-2021 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NWC Chair, Audrey Koosmen announced some changes to how the program will be run.
The grants program acknowledges the pivotal role played not only by wildlife rehabilitators, but by their groups, many of whom have been severely affected by the 2019-2020 drought, bushfires and COVID-19. In recognition of added stresses over the past season the Grants Committee has approved the doubling of the grants budget to $20,000 and is allowing two grants to be awarded to NWC groups as well as grants to individual rehabilitators from NWC groups or from Independent General Iicensees (IGL).
The award of a NWC group grant will not disqualify individuals from NWC groups to be included in the application and voting process.
Grant applications for equipment and enclosure projects in the range from $500 to $2000 will be accepted between 1 July and 7 August.
To be eligible to apply applicants must:
- Have 2 or more years’ rehabilitation experience
- Be authorised under a NPWS licensed rehabilitation group or be an independent general licensee (IGL)
- Have their application endorsed by their licensed group management committee (in the case of a NWC group member)
- Lodge application no later than 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020
More than one application endorsed by any individual group will be accepted, however a maximum of 1 individual and 1 group grant can be awarded to any one NWC group, and 1 to an IGL. A group application will be assessed separately to an individual application under the same licence.
All eligible applications will be presented to the NWC Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 16 August 2020 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) for voting by secret ballot.