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Zoo animals fund is open for applications

The Zoo Animals Fund opened for applications last week.

This £100 million fund is aimed at supporting zoos and aquariums in England that face a funding shortfall due to the impact of COVID-19 and is open to applications for grants  of up to £730,000, to cover animal welfare related costs and essential maintenance for up to March 2021 – further details below.

Full details on the fund are set out here.

It is important to note, this fund is:

  • not in place to save every zoo and aquarium business or job
  • intended for zoos who need support in providing for their animals between now and next season
  • in place to protect the welfare of animals living on site or by rehoming.

More details are set out below.

Eligibility
You are eligible to apply if your zoo or aquarium that either:

  • holds a licence (full or section 14(2) dispensation) under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981; or
  • has been granted an exemption under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and holds a licence to exhibit animals under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018.b

You will be ineligible for support from this fund if you have already received direct grants of more than €800,000 (£730,000) under the Covid-19 temporary framework before this grant is awarded.

You can apply even if you have already applied for a grant under the Zoos Support Fund between May and July 2020.

The grant
How much grant you get will be based on:

  • your animals’ needs (animal care costs)
  • essential maintenance work required
  • repair work to support you in attracting visitors

The grant will help you cover these costs up to March 2021. If you’re planning on closing or reducing your collection, the grant can also be used to support you with the costs associated with re-homing animals

Further:

  • You will be required to provide evidence to show that, before making this application you have already taken all reasonable steps to reduce costs or generate income in other ways, including applying for COVID-19 business support schemes and commercial and philanthropic funding.
  • The fund is open for applications until 16 November 2020

Timing
You can receive payments when you have 12 weeks or less in financial reserves remaining, after your income has been taken into account.

You can apply ahead of this point to help with your business planning. If you apply more than 8 weeks before expecting to reach this point, your application will be processed, and you will be given a provisional payment date and provisional grant amount.  This payment date and amount is not guaranteed.  You will be subject to a pre-payment check closer to the date which will finalise the payment date and amount.

How to apply
To apply for the Zoo Animals Fund, you will need to register and apply online using Bravo, an eSourcing portal. More details at link towards the top of this blog and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-apply-for-the-zoos-support-fund

if you would like to speak to us about assistance with an application please do not hesitate to contact Richard Wadman or your usual PKF Francis Clark point of contact.

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Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1993. Since 2006 he has worked in Corporate Finance, firstly with the predecessor firm in Truro… read more
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