DEFRA announces new application deadline for the Zoo Animals Fund (now Friday 29 January 2021)

The deadline for applications for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)  £100m Zoo Animals Fund, which opened to applications on Monday 3 August 2020, has now been extended until Friday 29 January 2021.

The fund provides funding for zoos and aquariums which need additional support in caring for their animals following a drop in income caused by COVID-19.

Zoos and aquariums which are facing severe financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19 can apply for government grants of up to £730,000 to pay for animal welfare related costs and essential maintenance.

The fund also offers grants to support rehoming costs in the event that zoos need to downsize or potentially close, and continues to be open to zoos and aquariums which have already received support through the £14 million Zoo Support Fund.

The Zoo Animals Fund will remain open to applications until 29 January 2021 and will run until the end of March 2021. Zoos and aquariums can apply for the fund at any time ahead of this deadline.

A number of other support schemes are also available to zoos, including the Job Retention SchemeBusiness Rates Relief, the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and the option to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay.