Animal welfare groups can apply for funding to help them carry out their work. More than 100 organisations across the country received funding in 2019.
How to qualify
In order to receive funding animal welfare organisations have to meet a series of operational standards to ensure the funds are used effectively.
Welfare organisations should:
be a registered charity
have appropriate facilities and the necessary expertise to manage rescued animals
have transport available to enable them to respond to calls for assistance
have an active re-homing policy.
have a policy which clearly states the maximum period of time for which they will hold an animal.
maintain a detailed record of ALL animals including horses and farmed animals, which show date of intake, date of neutering/micro-chipping, date of re-homing, premises re-homed to and as appropriate, date euthanized
The Five Freedoms outlined below provide an overall concept of animal welfare and should underpin animal welfare best practice at your organisation:
freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
freedom from discomfort
freedom from pain, injury and disease
freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour
freedom from fear and distress.
Organisations seeking funding must complete an application process each year and comply with all the conditions of the scheme
Rates of payment
A total of 109 organisations received funding from the department in 2019, getting grants ranging from €1,000 to €485,000 depending on the nature and scope of their work. The total granted in 2019 was €2,906,000.
For 2019 funding, the closing date for receipt of completed application forms, reports of expenditure and supporting documentation was Friday 26 July 2019.