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.
FUNDING & DURATION
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.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. PDT on November 1, 2021 (ATTN: Wildlife Rehabilitation Program / email@example.com). Applicants are required to submit an application packet consisting of: (1) cover letter; (2) project description; and (3) records verifying eligibility.
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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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