A fund supporting England’s zoos and aquariums, which need additional support in caring for their animals, is inviting bids.
The Government’s £100 million Zoo Animals Fund is offering grant aid to zoos and aquariums requiring additional support with caring for their animals following a reduction in income caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Licensed zoos and aquariums in England which are facing severe financial difficulties can now apply for grants of up to £730,000 to pay for animal welfare related costs and essential maintenance. The scheme also offers grants to support rehoming costs in the event that zoos need to downsize or potentially close.
Grants will be awarded on the basis of need where zoos face a shortfall despite doing everything possible to reduce their costs and raise income. This will include money to pay for veterinary care, medicines and animal feed as well as paying for staffing costs for those directly providing animal care.
Establishment that have yet to receive government support may apply, as well as those that have already applied for funding under the ‘Zoos Support Fund’ between May and July 2020.
Applications are being accepted until 16 November 2020.