The Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grant Program is funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to promote Preparedness, Response and Recovery capacity building for animal welfare in emergencies in Local Governments.

Round Two of the Grant Program offers the opportunity to apply for two types of funding:
  • Projects Grants that provides up to $10,000 funding to build the capacity of Local Governments, and their communities, to prepare for, and respond to, emergency situations that impact animal welfare
  • Cover the costs to attend a training course at the Muresk Institute developed to enhance the safety and welfare of Local Government officers directly involved with animal management during emergencies.
These two Grants are running concurrently, but are indivudal grants and therefore must be applied for separately.

The Grant Program overall will:
  • identify and support projects that focus on capacity building activities with clear community benefit
  • foster partnerships between communities, Local Governments and regional stakeholders to promote activities that help in the preparation for, and response to, the impacts of emergency situations on animal welfare, and
  • generate and share lessons on best practice approaches to building the capacity of Local Governments and their communities to manage animal welfare during emergencies.
The Grant Program also aims to support the  State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies that defines the roles and responsibilities of individuals, communities and agencies to prepare, respond and recover from hazards, and provides a framework for coordination between different organisations and communities.  


2021/22 Key Dates
Project Grants
Eligbility Criteria
Case Studies
Course Information
Eligibility Criteria
2020/21 Grant Recipients
Further Information

2021/22 Key Dates

Project Grants

Grant Applications open: Thursday, 24 June
Grant Applications close: 5pm Friday, 13 August

Project Grants


For full details about the 2021 project Grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, read the Project Grants Guidelines. The template project budget can be accessed  here.

Click  here to view the WALGA webinar recorded on  13 August 2020, which provided further information and guidance about the Grant Program prior to Round One in 2020/21.


A total of $500,000 is available for Local Governments across Western Australia. Successful applicants’ projects can receive up to:
  • $5000 - $10,000 (ex GST) for individual Local Governments
  • $5000 per Local Government in a collaborative grant between multiple WA Local Governments -i.e. a collaboration of 5 Local Governments=a maximum Grant allocation of $25,000 (ex GST). 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a Project Grant applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • applicants must be a Local Government in Western Australia
  • applicants must demonstrate a financial or in-kind contribution to the project
  • applicants must contribute to the project according to their Local Government Band Allocation:
    • Band 1 & 2 Local Governments* must demonstrate a 50% (Grant) to 50% (Local Government) contribution to the project
    • Band 3 & 4 Local Governments* must demonstrate a 75% (Grant) to 25% (Local Government) contribution to the project
    • a collaborative application must demonstrate a 75% (Grant) to 25% (Local Government) contribution. In a collaborative grant the contribution can be split across involved Local Governments or provided be a single Local Government within the collaboration
  • applicants must demonstrate that their project activities relates to emergencies, covers more than a single emergency event, and that all aspects of the project proposal relate to new or additional activities and outcomes.
*Local Government Band Allocations can be viewed  here

Case Studies

The following three case studies are examples of funded projects from Roun Kalamunda-media-resource.png d One.

Case Study 1: Community Preparedness Media, City of Kalamunda

The City of Kalamunda developed two mixed-media videos to initiate the thought process and detailing some ways to keep pets and livestock safe in emergency situations. The project was to develop new resources to help the community better prepare for their animals in emergencies.

The videos are available to view on the City’s website here.


Case Study 2: Procurement of Equipment for Animal Welfare in Emergencies, Shire of Cranbrook

The Shire of Cranbrook procured a Stock Trailer to assist with the moving of affected stock in an emergency to safe holding yards in designated areas within the Shire. This was an identified need in the Shire, having been raised at LEMC meetings before and purchased as part of their Animal Welfare Plan.


Case Study 3: Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, City of Kwinana

The City of Kwinana has developed their Emergency Animal Welfare Plan to support animal welfare during an emergency. Their plan outlines the key roles and responsibilities and actions to take should an emergency occur in the City.
The City’s Local Emergency Management Arrangements can be viewed here. Appendix 8 is the Local Plan for Animal Welfare. This can be found on page 105 of the document.


Please read the 2021 Project Grant Guidelines before you apply.

Applications open on Thursday, 24 June and close 5pm Friday, 13 August. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

2021/22 Application Form - Project Grants
Financial Reporting Budget

To apply, please complete the application form and submit to .




For full details about the 2021 Training Grants, including the assessment criteria and other necessary information, read the guidelines   here.  

Course Information

Information on the course content can be found on the Muresk Institute website and in the grant guidelines above. 
Muresk Institute Local Government Training Brochure
Muresk Institute Accomodation Information

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a grant, the application must be made by a Local Government and their representatives in Western Australia.

Local Government staff who have a direct or indirect role in safeguarding animal welfare in emergencies are encouraged to apply to attend the training. This includes, but is not limited to: Emergency Management Officers, Community Safety Officers, Local Government appointed Community Emergency Services Managers and Rangers.

There is no limit on the number of applicants from any one Local Government.


Application have now closed for the Training Grant. 

2020/21 Project Grant Recipients

Recipients of the Local Government Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grants were notified on October 16, 2020.
The following Local Governments received grant funding in the first round for a range of projects, including procurement of equipment, development of a Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies, exercising Plans and community education programs.
City of Armadale City of Kalamunda
City of Bayswater Shire of Kent, Katanning and Woodanilling
Shire of Beverley Shire of Kondinin, Kulin, Corrigin and Narembeen
Shire of Brookton City of Kwinana
City of Canning Shire of Lake Grace
City of Cockburn Shire of Leonora
Shire of Coolgardie Shire of Plantagenet
Shire of Cranbrook Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
Shire of Dardanup City of Stirling
Shire of Gnowangerup                                Shire of York

Further Information

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development-Animal Welfare in Emergencies
Local Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies - Guide and Template 
Tools and Helpful links

State Emergency Management Committee 
State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies