Grants Animals Environment

Animals and Environment
Our economy and lifestyle are dependent on healthy water, soil, climate, oceans and bio-diversity. Improving and conserving the health of our natural environment, particularly its flora and fauna including the welfare and well-being of domestic animals, is important for many of the charitable trusts managed by Equity Trustees. Across this broad, inter-linked spectrum, funding is provided in three areas of focus:  Animal Welfare; Conservation; and Climate Change.

Animal Welfare
Programs in this area provide grants to organisations that support animals to be in a good state of welfare, that is (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour, and it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition and humane handling and humane slaughter/killing. 

Australia is home to many species of which are not found anywhere else in the world. However, there are immediate and increasing pressures on Australian flora and fauna as a result of habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation; invasive species; unsustainable use of natural resources, changes to aquatic environments and flows; changing fire regimes; and climate change. A grant program that inspires children to be our next generation of conservationists is currently under development.

Climate Change
At the heart of all environmental matters is the state of the climate and Climate Change. However, Climate Change is not only an environmental issue.  The impacts of unchecked global warming are significant, having been described as the defining human development issue of our generation and one of the greatest ecological, economic and social challenges facing us today. This pillar is supported by the Robert Hicks Foundation whose funding aim is to support Australia to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.  Funding partnerships are in place for the major grants program and a small grants program running in partnership with Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).

Our Animal Welfare strategy can be read here

Our Environment strategy can be read here


Grants Available

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    The Hazel and Arthur Bruce Bequest

    The Hazel and Arthur Bruce Bequest provides small grant funding for immediate action for immediate action on the ground by community and volunteer led charitable organisations who provide welfare and benefit to animals and/or birds in need of care and attention.

    Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available for a single year for organisations operating in Victoria.

    The Bequest is currently closed for applications.

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    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

    The Holsworth  Wildlife  Research Endowment  invites applications for post-graduate student research support in three general areas are especially encouraged:

    1.   Field work on Australian native plants and animals to gain understanding of ecological interactions, population dynamics, animal behaviour, and species distribution

    2.   Conservation   biology   and   biodiversity   studies relating to the management of protected areas and rare or threatened species in Australia

    3.   Wildlife  management  relating  to  sport  hunting, harvesting, pest control, management  of non-game animals, and effect of land management on native species.

    For more information go to Ecological Society of Australia



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    Animal Welfare RSPCA Program

    This invitation only program makes funding available to RSPCA’s for projects aimed at improving the care and welfare of canines.
    This program is supported by The Mary Kibble Trust.