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Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) - Victoria

Rural, regional and remote areas have an ageing population, just like the rest of Australia. The difference, however, is that often there aren't the extensive facilities necessary to care for aged residents in their local communities. 

Fortunately, this situation is changing over time, but greater investment is required to enhance, and in some cases, create these facilities.

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) is a targeted grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities. 

In 2019, $225,000 in CARA grants is available to Victorian communities, thanks to the support of the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation. Applications from communities with a population of 15,000 or less will receive priority.

Grants are available for eligible projects and activities that: 

  • Help redress disadvantage caused by remoteness;
  • Enhance aged care services and facilities;
  • Build community capacity for aged-friendly communities;
  • Foster community development through opportunities and participation for older people; and/or
  • Encourage positive and active ageing, community health and wellbeing, and education programs.
There are two grant tiers for the 2019 CARA program:
1. The Small grant tier will offer grants up to $10,000.
2. The Large grant tier will offer grants ranging from $10,001 up to $40,000.

Organisations applying to the Large grant tier must provide a cash contribution to their proposed project.

Projects in both tiers must clearly demonstrate a connection to older Australians and a focus on one activity from the following seven project activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness and the inclusion of older people, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places making them more age-friendly, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

For example, projects that strengthen the operational infrastructure of local not-for-profit organisations working in the aged care sector, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, and support for planning and sustainability.

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, and which engage older people.

5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that provide seniors with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development.

6. Economic strength

For example, projects that create local employment and training with an employment outcome that supports older Australians living in the community or supported living accommodation.

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems, projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable, older members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.


The 2019 CARA program is now closed.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is not required for this grant program. Only projects which will be delivered in Victoria are eligible for support.

If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Before applying, please read the Program Guidelines and supporting information carefully.

Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Activity Tree', which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now buttons below.

To return to an application you have already started, click on the Grants Gateway logo below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

Grants Gateway Apply Now - Small Grant Stream

Grants Gateway Apply Now - Large Grant Stream

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For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Further information

Before applying, please review the Program Guidelines carefully. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact the Victorian State Programs Manager on 1800 170 020.

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