Badger vaccination grant

Badger vaccination projects provide a more sustainable approach to tackling TB and prevent possibilities of transmission. While badgers are not the main source of TB, vaccinations can provide an alternative to culling, and prevent wells of the disease occurring in badger populations.  The Badger Trust is determined to assist in providing a sustainable future for wildlife by establishing a vaccinations grant.  

The vaccinations grant was established in early 2018 and offers to help with the costs of badger vaccination projects. Grants up to £2000 will be available to both Badger Trust affiliated and non affiliated organisations who wish to undertake badger vaccination projects in England and Wales.

Those who wish to apply can ensure they meet the requirements listed below and fill in the online application form.

How it works

At Badger Trust we award grants to local groups and charities who work to protect badgers from Bovine Tb (and culling) through vaccination projects. Please check you are eligible for a grant and that you fulfill 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 which promotes the conservation, welfare and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats. It represents and supports local voluntary badger groups throughout Britain, provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the RSPCA, the police and others.  

Badger Trust awards grants to locally based, not for profit, voluntary and charitable groups and organisations, working for the protection of badgers through vaccination projects. We will seek to increase the number and diversity of grant applications to ensure we reach a wider selection of local groups so that the grants awarded reflect the diverse needs and demography of the country.


The decision on whether or not to award a grant is made by an Appraisal Panel made up of three trustees.

They will consider projects that meet one or more of the following aims:

  • Badger vaccination projects with BEVS funding

  • Projects that vaccinate badgers, but cannot be carried out without grant funding

  • Projects that vaccinate in areas with high risk status and/or cull counties

  • Projects that aim to create contiguous areas of vaccination or bring together vaccinated areas


Your project MUST have:

  • A licenced vaccinator

  • A named coordinator

  • Clear and detailed plans of where you wish to vaccinate and your rationale

  • A bank account

  • The resources required to carry out the project (volunteers and farms signed up)


Badger Trust will:

  • Treat every application individually, equally and fairly

  • Ensure that the money for which we are responsible is spent only on the items agreed when the grant is awarded.


Your application

  1. Your application must primarily benefit badgers

  2. You may apply for any amount up to £2000.

  3. You will need a bank or building society account with at least two unrelated people authorised to sign cheques or make withdrawals.

  4. You will need a set of rules or a constitution and also an agreed management structure.    We can advise new projects with this requirement.

  5. The project/organisation’s annual income must be less than £100k.   This is inclusive of both restricted and unrestricted funds.

  6. You will have twelve months in which to claim the funds from the date the grant is awarded.

  7. We will not fund salaries, building maintenance or the general upkeep of property and its environs.

  8. The Badger Trust does not fund professional fees, for example accountancy, auditing, legal etc.  Applications that include other charges will be considered on their own individual merits but are unlikely to receive funding unless they can be shown to be essential for the direct service delivery of the vaccination project.

  9. We are less likely to award funding to applications for rental, insurance or office expenditure but these will be considered on an individual basis.

  10. Successful applicants must leave 1 year from their Appraisal Panel decision date before applying for a subsequent grant.   Applicants will be allowed 2 consecutive successful applications. Applicants cannot then apply for a further 2 years.

  11. Retrospective application i.e. for expenditure already incurred, will not be considered.


Please note: It may not always be possible to fund all projects that meet these criteria. If the sum of money requested in any one round of applications exceeds the funds available, then the Appraisal Panel shall award grants only to those projects it regards as best meeting or exceeding the aims listed above.   


Evaluation of the use of funds

If you are successful you will have to complete the Grant Monitoring Form twelve months after being awarded funds. We would also like you to write a short blog for the website and use social media to promote your vaccination project and Badger Trust.


Timing of your application

The approval process is spread over the year, but needs to tie into meetings of the board. There are four meetings a year of the appraisal panel, who will then refer recommended projects to the board. The appraisals panel may defer applications for further information. Take this into account when you send in your application. Aim to submit your forms for the meeting before when you think you will need it. Only fully completed applications with checklist enclosures and a detailed list of costs, will be considered by the appraisal panel, and subsequently those will go forward to the next board meeting.


​Closing dates for applications in 2021 are as follows:

5th April; 5th July; 27th September; 8th November


If you have a project you would like to run in the Winter aim to get your application in for the August closing date. If the appraisal panel refers it for more information it can then be reheard at the second meeting and you will still have a chance of an approval for the winter.

We may provide a conditional decision, subject to provision of acceptable further information, in order to speed up the process.

You should however ensure that you enclose all the information we require in the first instance. If you don’t we will not be able to process your application in a timely manner.

We aim to get you an answer to your application by the dates shown in the final column of the table.

This decision may be:

  • An approval for funding

  • 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 refusal, 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  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.