MINISTER for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., has invited applications from animal welfare charities in Ireland who wish to be considered for funding for the provision of services in 2024.

The funding is open to eligible applicants registered with the Charities Regulator and who are in existence at least two years. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is July 21st 2023.

In launching the application process this week, the Minister said: “In recognition of my Department’s commitment to animal welfare we now invite applications for the Animal Welfare Grant Programme for 2023.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the valuable services provided by animal welfare organisations in preventing and responding to animal welfare issues across Ireland. The hard work, commitment and dedication of the staff and volunteers of these charities is admirable and I recognise the importance of the work they do, protecting and caring for surrendered, abandoned and at-risk animals.

“These organisations also play a pivotal role in educating the public in relation to responsible pet ownership and animal welfare in general.”

The Minister spoke of his commitment to the Programme for Government priorities in relation to animal welfare: “Real progress has been achieved in delivering on the Programme for Government and I am determined to continue to support the essential work of these organisations.

“This commitment recognises the increasingly important role these organisations play in the area of animal welfare. In 2022, I announced record funding in excess of €5.8 million, awarded to 99 animal welfare organisations throughout the country, an increase of over €2 million on funding provided in 2021.”

Application forms are available via email from: or visit the Department’s website, see ‘Funding to Animal Welfare Organisations Application Forms’.