Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators Project

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW)

Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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The Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators Project helps support licensed wildlife rehabilitators by compensating them for care of sick and injured wildlife. Expenditures permitted under this program must relate specifically to wildlife rehabilitation and may include reimbursement for diagnostic and lab support services, purchase and maintenance of proper restraints and equipment used in the capture, transportation, temporary housing, and release of wildlife, reimbursement of contracted veterinary services,  reimbursement of the cost of food, medication, and other consumables, construction costs, and continuing education. Funds may not be used to rehabilitate either non-native species or nuisance animals and may not be used for salaries and wages.

Funds that support the Grants to Wildlife Rehabilitators Project come from a portion of the revenue from personalized license plate sales.

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  • Applicant must be Washington state licensed in wildlife rehabilitation and federally permitted if working with migratory birds and threatened and endangered species;
    • A 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit status is not a requirement.
  • Permitted expenditures:
    • Diagnostic and lab support services;
    • veterinary services;
    • purchase and maintenance of proper restraints and equipment for capture, transportation, animal housing while at the facility;
    • release expenditures;
    • wildlife food, medication and other consumables;
    • continuing education, travel expenses;
    • education and outreach products (such as handouts);
    • other approved equipment and supplies;


  • High Priority: Treatment of Endangered and Threatened species


  • Funds may not be used for salaries and wages of facility personnel;
  • Restricted species: Funds may not be used to purchase equipment for or directly treat or rehabilitate nonnative species, feral domestic animals, or nuisance animals including, but not limited to the following:
    • Eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis);
    • opossum (Didelphis virginiana);
    • raccoons (Procyon lotor);
    • striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis);
    • spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius);
    • Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus);
    • domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus);
    • European starling (Sturnus vulgaris);
    • rock dove (feral pigeon) (Columba livia), and
    • house sparrow (Passer domesticus); 
  • No restricted species may be housed in enclosures purchased or built with this grant.