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$6,000 (US dollars) available

Application Deadline: October 1 of each year


The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association has research grants available in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, including wildlife medicine and wildlife education. An individual project may be funded up to $6,000 (US dollars), or NWRA may fund several smaller projects for a total of $6,000.

Proposals require completion of the application form including:

  • résumé(s) of personnel involved,
  • explanation of objectives of the project,
  • a brief description of how the project will be carried out,
  • a brief literature review,
  • an itemized budget, and
  • demonstrated financial need.

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of importance and usefulness to rehabilitators, likelihood of success, and originality. For a list of proposals funded in past years, click here.

Those receiving NWRA support are required to present the results of their project through an NWRA publication (and a future Symposium, if possible) within two years of grant receipt. An annual progress report also is required.

Applications are reviewed through the NWRA Awards and Grants Committee. Recipients are notified in writing and announced at the following NWRA Symposium.

Application Forms:

Click here to download the Grant Application Form as a fillable Word Document that can be submitted by email or by regular mail.

Or, apply online:


The information contained within this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that misrepresentation or fraudulent information may be grounds for loss of grant funds. I understand that, in accepting a grant from the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, I give permission to announce my receipt of a grant to the NWRA board of directors and members. I further give permission to list my name as a grant recipient in the NWRA newsletter, the NWRA annual report, and on the NWRA website. All information as it is related to financial need and status is not shared and is kept confidential. I understand that I may be asked to write a letter of thanks to NWRA and that the letter may be published in part or in its entirety in NWRA materials.

If accepted for an NWRA grant, I agree to provide NWRA with a one (1) year update, to present my study results at an NWRA symposium within two (2) years of receipt of the grant, and to submit a paper on my study for publication by NWRA. I understand that if symposium attendance is not possible, an alternative is to submit a paper for a NWRA publication within two (2) years of receipt of the grant.