Native Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants Program

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Closed (47 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has established a competitive grant program to support and advance the recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife, and conservation education. Funds may be used to support facility operations, improvement and/or innovation in care of wildlife during rehabilitation (e.g., enclosure improvements; dietary enrichment; post-release monitoring; conservation education).



To be eligible for grant funding from the competitive grant program established pursuant to Section 1773.1, an applicant shall meet all of the following criteria:

(a)   The applicant shall provide proof that it is a nonprofit organization that operates a wildlife rehabilitation facility permitted pursuant to Section 679 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations; or as an authorized satellite facility (sub-permittee).

(b)   The applicant shall be in compliance with all conditions of its Wildlife Rehabilitation Memorandum of Understanding.

(c)   The applicant shall maintain active participation in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database.


Grant term will be March 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022. This is a reimbursable grants program. Allowable costs for reimbursement cannot be incurred before or after the grant term. Grants will range from $3,000 to $19,000.


The available pool of funds will be distributed to eligible applicants using the following tiers based on 2020 wild animal intake and in the amounts shown:

2020 intake                                                   Grant amount

1 – 100                                                                     $3,000
101 - 1,000                                                              $9,000
1,001 – 4,000                                                           $14,000
4,001 & over                                                             $19,000


CDFW will validate each applicant’s eligibility and strive to fund as many grants as there are eligible applicants. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If more applications are submitted than funds available (Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund), then grants will be funded in the order applications were received.


Grant recipients must submit a Final Performance Report that describes activities funded with this grant. The report is due no later than November 30, 2022. Failure to submit may disqualify the applicant from future consideration as a grantee of funds from this program.

Incentives: Raffles, incentives, gifts, and donations.

Hospitality: Hospitality suites, alcoholic beverages, costs of entertainment, including amusement, diversion and social activities, any costs directly associated with such costs (e.g., tickets to shows, sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, gratuities).

Fundraising: Organized fundraising, e.g., financial campaigns, solicitation of gifts.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. PDT on November 1, 2021 (ATTN: Wildlife Rehabilitation Program / Applicants are required to submit an application packet consisting of: (1) cover letter; (2) project description; and (3) records verifying eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

An applicant shall meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for grant funding:

(a) Be a nonprofit organization that operates a permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility; or as an authorized satellite facility (sub-permittee).

(b) Be in compliance with all conditions of its Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit and Memorandum of Understanding.

(c) Maintain active participation in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database.

Eligible Geographies:


Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
November 8, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
March 1-Nov 30, 2022

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$3,000 – $19,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:


Funding is provided from the Division 2. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chapter 7.5. Native Species Conservation and Enhancement. Article 5. Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund. The CDFW shall maintain the fund established pursuant to Section 1773 of the Fish and Game Code and Section 18749.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grants program is a reimbursable grants program. Grantees will be reimbursed for allowable costs incurred during the grant term.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Vicky Monroe, 1-916-856-8335,