The ₤100 m Zoo Animals Fund, revealed on 27 June, is now open for applications.
The brand-new fund will supply financing for zoos and aquariums which require additional assistance in caring for their animals following a drop in earnings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
From today, accredited zoos and aquariums which are dealing with serious financial problems as a result of the virus will be able make an application for federal government grants of as much as ₤730,000 to spend for animal well-being associated costs and vital maintenance.
Grants will be granted on the basis of need where zoos face a deficiency in spite of doing whatever they can to decrease their expenses and raise income. This will include cash to pay for veterinary care, medications and animal feed as well as paying for staffing costs for those directly supplying animal care.
The fund likewise provides grants to support rehoming expenses on the occasion that zoos requirement to downsize or possibly close, and is open to those zoos which have actually already gotten assistance through the ₤14 million Zoo Assistance Fund.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith said:
It has actually been terrific to see zoos and aquariums inviting individuals back once again over the previous six weeks, however I know what a tough duration this remains and hope the opening of the fund offers some much-needed relief.
We’ll continue to work closely with the zoo neighborhood over the coming months, and stay definitely devoted to making sure that zoos and fish tanks have the support they need to offer the very best possible care for their animals.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said:
Zoos and fish tanks have done a wonderful task in reopening securely in difficult situations, and it is dazzling to see numerous of them hectic inviting visitors to their parks.
Nevertheless, we stay dedicated to providing the continuing assistance they need to care for their animals over this winter season, which is why this fund, open for applications from today, will help zoos preserve their world-leading animal well-being standards.
There are already a variety of assistance schemes available to zoos, including the Job Retention Scheme, VAT deferral, Organisation Rates Relief, business Disturbance Loan schemes, the choice to recover the costs of Statutory Sick Pay and grant funding of approximately ₤25,000 offered through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
The Zoo Animals Fund will remain open for applications up until 16 November 2020 and will run up until completion of March 2021.