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Successful applicants will be notified within four weeks of the closing date of submissions.


Payment of funding:

Successful applicants will be required to sign an assistance agreement that describes the ABS’s commitment to your project and asks you, in turn, to agree to meet the conditions of assistance (set out below). The assistance agreement must be signed and returned to the ABS in order to receive funding.


On receipt of the assistance the successful applicant will receive 80% of the total amount granted. The final 20% will be paid on receipt of the article to the Australasian Bat Society Newsletter regarding the project (see conditions of assistance below).


Conditions of assistance:

To receive assistance successful applicants must agree to:


• Submit an article to the Australasian Bat Society Newsletter

 about the project and its achievements.


• Make freely available the results of ABS funded work

 wherever possible.


• Acknowledge the support of the ABS in publications or public presentations etc. about the project.


• Indicate that they have obtained (or will obtain) the necessary permits to carry out the project.


• Offer to an approved public zoological collection, any specimens which may be collected as a result of support by the fund.



Applications should be sent to, before the end of the closing date.

The ABS reserves the right not to accept submissions that are sent after the closing date.

Assessment of applications:

Applications will usually be assessed by the selection panel of three people, derived from the ABS executive (including the extended executive). At times, if needed, the ABS may call on additional experts to assist in determining a project application, or the panel may need to contact applicants to gather more information.


All applications will be assessed on merit; that is, how well the project matches our objectives, its viability and expected conservation improvements, the project’s potential to receive funding from other sources, and how the project compares with other funding proposals. Only applications determined by the selection panel to be suitable for funding will be eligible to receive funding.

The Australasian Bat Society supports projects by members  that promote the conservation and knowledge of bats in Australasia through the ABS Grants programme.


Grant details will be announced to ABS members twice each year.



ABS Grants

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2011 Projects

  • Julie Broken-Brow: The abundance, species diversity and habitat usage of microbats in coastal mangroves of South-East Queensland.

  • Cory Toth: The breeding ecology of the Lesser Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata).

  • Jenny Maclean: Tolga Bat Hospital: Assistance with Spectacled Flying Fox rescue and care during 2011-12 tick season.


2012 Projects

  • Stephen Griffiths: Efficacy of artificial bat-boxes as a tool in the conservation  of tree-roosting insectivorous bats.

  • Ian Gill, Keiran Stone, Gavin Collis, Sarah Evans, Tim Shaw: John Paul High School - Mauria Forest bat survey, New Zealand.


2013 Projects

  •  Lisa Cawthen: King Island Bat Survey.


2014 Projects

  • Jane Hall: Developing non-invasive methods for the detection of toxic heavy metals (e.g. Cadmium) in the Christmas Island Flying-fox (Pteropus melanotus natalis), using the Grey-headed flying-fox (P. poliocephalus) as an analogue.

  • Cathy Hartley: Improving mortality rates in Juvenile Grey-headed Flying-foxes  during Heat Stress Events.


2015 Projects

  • Tyrone Lavery and Michael Pennay: Bat calls of the Solomon Islands: a reference call library and identification key to the bats of the Solomon Archipelago.

  • Toni Mitchell: Enhancing caring standards for bats and raising awareness for deadly hazards in our    


  • Julie Broken-Brow: The roosting preferences of Saccolaimus mixtus and Critically Endangered

      Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus in Cape York.


2016 Projects

  • Kayla Asplet: Investigating the sensitivity of Myotis macropus (Large-footed Myotis) to heavy-metal pollution in urban waterways, Sydney, New South Wales.

  • Erin Westerhuis: The importance of riparian woodland for insectivorous bats and their prey in central Australia.


2017 Projects

  • Bradley Clarke-Wood:  Insectivorous bats and spatial subsidies across a land-use gradient in north-eastern Victoria’ as a part of ‘Longitudinal trends in land-use, spatial subsidies and food-webs of north-eastern Victorian perennial streams.

  • Anita Freudmann: Foraging ecology and behaviour of Eastern Tube-nosed Bats (Nyctimene robinsoni).

  • Danielle Eastick: Sex and the city: Investigating the reproductive ecology of a successful urban species, the Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), in greater Melbourne.




Past projects



Any member of the Australasian Bat Society Inc. can apply for an ABS grant.


Activities funded: 

The ABS Grants programme is open to applications for any proposal that:


• Improves or promotes the conservation of bats and their habitat in Australasia,

• Raises positive public awareness of bats in Australasia,

• Undertakes scientific research that contributes to bat conservation in Australasia,

• Supports the role that wildlife carer and rehabilitation organisations play in bat  

 conservation in Australasia.


Projects may include (but need not be limited to):

• Scientific research, student projects, on ground bat conservation work, education programs or materials, equipment or materials purchased to support bat conservation programs or projects.


The ABS is interested in supporting a very broad range of projects. However, funding is unlikely to be available for the following purposes:


• conference travel, attendance at meetings, or other short-term activities mainly involving travel, where these are

  the principal elements of the grant proposal,

• activities which are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies,

• recurrent funding of existing projects,

• payment of salaries, wages etc.



ABS Grants are only available for projects undertaken in the Australasian region. That is the islands east of ‘Wallace’s Line’ including; Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the islands of the south-west Pacific.



Members must submit an application proposal outlining the project’s objectives, methodology, timeline, budget details and contribution to the conservation and/or knowledge of bats in Australasia.






  • Applications rounds open twice a year.

  • The next closing date for grant applications is TBA.