One week old rescued badger cub credit Andy Parr

The Emergency Badger Rescue Fund



Ts & Cs



The Emergency Badger Rescue Fund (EBRF) is a new grant fund for 2022. It is funded by the £7,000 raised during the 2021 Big Give Christmas Challenge from pledgers and donators, which was topped up by Gift Aid on eligible donations. It was also supported specifically by an individual supporter through a further generous donation. The final total of the fund is £9,080.


The EBRF is available for affiliated full member badger groups of Badger Trust to apply for when they face especially large or unexpected vet bills caused by an emergency badger rescue, which they would struggle to easily cover from their own funds.  The fund was established due to increased demand on local badger groups due to the removal of 24-hour response by the RSPCA, and the impact of the challenging fundraising environment caused by the covid situation. 


The 2022 EBRF is a pilot year of funding. Continued provision and future terms and conditions may be amended based on learnings from this initial run. Badger Trust has taken time to get expert input and advice into the terms and conditions of the fund and welcomes feedback from local groups to help inform any future revision of it. The overall aim is to provide additional funds specifically targeted for badger rescue which will help support groups deliver this in challenging times. Groups will then be able to continue to respond to calls with confidence and to focus on the work at hand - helping badgers on the ground in their areas.

How it works

The EBRF awards grants to current full member groups of the Badger Trust local group network who have previously advised that they undertake the rescue and facilitate the treatment, rehabilitation and/or return of injured or orphaned badgers (in accordance with the current Badger Rehabilitation Protocol). Please check you are eligible for a grant and that you fulfil the criteria before applying. Detailed information is listed below. Please get in touch at if you have any questions.


Our priorities for funding

Badger Trust is a registered charity that promotes the conservation, welfare and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats. It represents and supports local voluntary badger groups throughout England and Wales, provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the RSPCA, the police and others to advance the protection of badgers.

Badger Trust will award grants under the EBRF only to affiliated full member groups who are actively undertaking the rescue of badgers and facilitating treatment via a veterinary professional. There must be a pressing need for funding that cannot easily and quickly be found elsewhere, and that cannot be covered by the group without significant pressure on their bank account.

The decision on whether or not to award a grant is made by the Board of Badger Trust.  All applications are subject to an initial review by the staff team to ensure the criteria are met, and that all supporting documentation or information has been received in order to adequately consider the request for funds


Grant aims

The EBRF is designed to help alleviate some financial pressure for full member badger groups involved with the rescue of injured badgers, where pressure on group funds is significant at that time (e.g. the group is low on funds/not currently able to fundraise).


The ‘emergency’ part applies in two ways:

  1. it is emergency treatment for the badger to intervene for urgent and life-threatening welfare reasons; 

  2. it is emergency funding for the group as the expenditure is significant against their current available funds and their funds/fundraising may not easily cover it in the short-term (6 months)


The fund does not cover ongoing rehabilitation care.


Your application - our Terms and Conditions


Please note that Badger Trust is not qualified in veterinary medicine and any information relating to the EBRF does not constitute veterinary advice.


  1. You must be an affiliated full member badger group to Badger Trust.

  2. Your annual membership payment and paperwork must be up to date.

  3. You may apply for any amount up to £750 for each application.

  4. Your group must have declared that they undertake badger rescue services on the current year membership form.

  5. The group follows best practice advice on health and safety and wider risk management when undertaking badger rescue.

  6. The group has committed to, and actively abides by, the Badger Rehabilitation Protocol

  7. The group has limited funds and the application is made on the basis of an emergency need to help the group continue to function in the short term (6 months).

  8. EBRF is a fund for emergency veterinary treatment for badgers and monies can only be used for this purpose.

  9. Payments from the fund are made retrospectively, and all costs associated with the treatment of the badger must be initially met by the local group. An application for funding is not guaranteed to be met and the fund is limited overall in the year, with a cap of £750 per application.

  10. A qualifying group can apply as many times as they like in the year, but a maximum of two grants per calendar year can be awarded to each group.  No further applications can be made within that calendar year once two grants are awarded.

  11. Badger Trust is under no obligation to ensure that every full group member who is involved in badger rescue work receives a grant each year.

  12. We may choose to issue more than one group with a grant in each round.

  13. You must claim the grant money within the calendar year in which the funds are awarded. Funds will not be rolled over into a subsequent year.

  14. Applications will only be considered with full financial receipts, a report/recap from the vet, and sight of the funding situation of the group (via a redacted bank statement) and a fully completed grant application form.

  15. Veterinary treatments the EBRF will contribute towards are:

    1. Intravenous fluids

    2. Pain relief

    3. Sedation

    4. Euthanasia

    5. X-rays

  16. All treatment must be advised by a vet and follow best practice welfare guidelines from the Badger Rehabilitation Protocol. 

  17. Applicants must not fundraise for the same funds via other means, eg via crowdfunding. This can only be done where the funds from Badger Trust form part of the overall funds, eg £750 from the fund as part of £1,500 needed overall. Where this is the case this must be clearly stated in the fundraising, and Badger Trust named as providing funds from the EBRF.

  18. Badger Trust must be acknowledged and recognised for their support to the group and in wider public reporting (i.e. annual reports, social media).


Evaluation of the use of funds and proof of spend

A grant will only be awarded where the spend has been demonstrated through the provision of receipts and other qualifying paperwork. You must also subsequently complete and return the Grant Monitoring Form so that Badger Trust can assess the impact of the fund. This must be received within twelve months after being awarded funds, and subsequent year funding (subject to continuation of the EBRF) will require all previous year’s grants to have been updated on.


Grant recipients must acknowledge the receipt of funds from the EBRF when reporting to their supporters, in any annual report, and when talking generally about the work involved. In particular a ‘thank you’ to the fund, and acknowledgement to Badger Trust should be made on social media, and ideally a blog piece written and submitted. This helps showcase the Grant Fund so that other groups may be inspired to apply, and highlights the work of both your group and Badger Trust.


Timing of your application

The approval process is spread over the year,and is scheduled to tie into meetings of the Finance Sub Committee, and then the Badger Trust Board. Please ensure you meet the deadline, and have provided all the information required (including having submitted any due report for past awards).


Only fully completed applications with full documentation checklist enclosures will be considered. Any incomplete applications will be returned and may miss the deadline if you need to revisit and resubmit. Take this into account when you send in your application.


Closing dates for applications in 2022*

First round: 8th April 2022 

Second round: 17th June 2022 

Third round: 19th August 2022 

Fourth round: 4th November 2022


*Please note that as applications need to be reviewed by the staff team prior to passing to the Finance Sub-Committee for review and recommendation, prior to final decision by the Board, there will be a delay of around three weeks from deadline to response on a decision. 


Grant Decision

This decision may be:

  • An approval for funding, in full or partial

  • A conditional approval based on a request for further information

  • A request for further information

  • A request for a meeting, to discuss the application

  • A request for more time to consider your application

  • A decline, with an explanation why the application was not approved. This decision will be final. Substantially revised applications may be accepted, but must be submitted in the normal way.


Equal opportunities

Badger Trust aims to ensure that all applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin or level of ability, provided that the application meets our criteria and priorities. Organisations and projects that do not work to these same equal opportunity aims will not be funded.


A thank you to EBRF pledgers

Badger Trust would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support as inaugural pledgers for the 2022 Emergency Badger Rescue Fund, enabling it to become a fully-funded grant from initial ambition, after the need was identified: Bowland Ecology, Cox & Co Creative, Lighten, Amanda Brookman, Anita Keene, Anne-Marie Hewitt, Barry Edwards, Ben Martin, Eleanor Bullimore, Helen Bovill, J J Farrell, Jemma Johns, Lorraine Kirby, Nicola Sainsbury, Peter Jackson, Richard Worn, Rosie & Andrew Wood, Tris Pearce.