Grants and awards Community facilities | July 17, 2017

Funding to care for ageing Australians in small rural communities

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has encouraged not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN to apply for funding from the Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) Program.

Ms Kealy said the program is designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities.

“Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities and those with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority,” she said.

There are two streams under the program - the Small Grants Stream for grants up to $10,000 and the Large Grants Scheme for grants over $10,000 and up to $125,000.

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.

Ms Kealy encouraged all eligible community organisations across the Lowan Electorate that are passionate about caring for the aged to apply for the CARA program.

Applications are now open and close on 11 August 2017.

Further information is available at

Potential projects can be discussed with the State Programs Manager on 1800 170 020.

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