Grant Opportunity

Humane Society International
PO Box 439, Avalon Beach NSW 2107
Avalon Beach, NSW, 2107

NSW Threatened Species Art Competition -

Humane Society International (HSI) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to animal welfare and conservation across the globe. HSI works with a range of NGOs, governments and organisations to find practical and long-term solutions to some of the most pressing environmental and animal issues in the world. In Australia, HSI’s focus is on increasing protections for terrestrial and marine habitats, improving biodiversity policies and maintaining high standards of animal welfare for domestic, wild and companion animals.

In particular HSI Australia is largely involved in improving national and international biodiversity policy and implementation to protect habitats critical to the survival of many native species; climate change, and the protection of “carbon sinks” such as rainforests and areas of high biodiversity value; and habitat protection in Australia with the Wildlife Land Trust, a not-for-profit network of wildlife sanctuaries around Australia.

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Project Details

Postcode where activity will take place: 2000

Start Date: 04/01/2019

End Date: 08/01/2020

Target Population:

  • Education status > Primary school students
  • Age Groups > Youth (6-25)

Field of Interest:

  • Environment > Biodiversity
  • Arts and culture > Visual arts

Project Summary:

We wish to coordinate and run the NSW Threatened Species Art Competition for primary school aged children (5-12). Participants will create an artwork depicting an Australian threatened species with an accompanying comment, typically regarding a personal connection to the species or particular issue relating to the species. The project will culminate in an exhibition of the winning pieces, which will be open for two weeks in Sydney.

The project has been run by Forestmedia Network Inc. since 2016, but as it has grown beyond the capacity of previous coordinators HSI has agreed to take over the organisation and running of the event with increased resources for 2019.

The goal of the project is to educate children about threatened species in Australia whilst fostering personal connections to nature and encouraging conservation actions on an individual and local scale. We plan to coordinate a state-wide competition that encourages a range of creative, thoughtful and relevant responses and mobilises school and community groups as well as individuals to get involved.

The two week exhibition will be a chance to communicate with a wider audience, fostering a discussion on the future of threatened species and ideally encouraging attendees to consider their own connections to nature. A launch and prize-giving ceremony will precede the exhibition, with notable speakers contributing to the discussion of the state of our native threatened species and the importance of preserving them for future generations.

Project Outcomes:

Australia is facing one of the world's worst extinction crises, with over 1000 threatened species in NSW alone. This project provides an opportunity to engage the next generation of Australians with environmental issues, providing an accessible platform for children to share their own connections to native species and concerns over the threats they face. Along with this, the program facilitates a conversation regarding the cultural and ecological significance of protecting threatened species.

On a wider scale, the project will involve communities in this discussion, ultimately raising awareness for the plight of threatened species and the inherent value of protecting the environment for future generations. We are confident that this event will continue to grow in popularity and scale across the state, and we plan to expand it interstate in the future.

The number of participants will be the best way to determine the success of this project. The program has increased in popularity from 600 artworks contributed in 2016 to over 1600 in 2017, with numbers not yet consolidated for 2018 but estimated to be much higher. As raising awareness is our primary goal, we will judge our achievements based on the number of children participating, people attending the exhibition and media awareness this project garners.

Budget Details

Total Budget: $20,000


Income item Price ($)
Humane Society International – Confirmed 9,500
Forestmedia Network Inc. Administrative support – confirmed 500


Expense item Price ($)
Humane Society International Staff Wages (2x full-time for 40 days) 9,600
Professional photographer 2,000
Administrative expenses 2,500
Professional curator 1,000
Materials Costs 1,000
Venue Hire 4,000

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