New grants available to support ageing rural Australians

A new national small grant program will distribute more than $400,000 across rural Australia to support older people living in small communities.

FRRR’s Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program will provide assistance to community-based, not-for-profit groups for projects and programs which help, build, foster and encourage older people living in communities of fewer than 10,000 people.

Grants may range from $100 up to $10,000 and be used to support projects which:

  • Help redress disadvantage caused by remoteness;
  • Enhance aged care services and facilities;
  • Build community capacity for age-friendly communities to confidently engage older people in community through:
    • active living programs  
    • community based recreational, social, and physical activities that support good health and alleviate social isolation
    • community leadership and volunteering opportunities that promote the skills and knowledge of older people
    • intergenerational activities;
  • Foster community development by increasing the social and economic participation and lifelong learning opportunities for older people in local communities; or
  • Encourage positive ageing, community health and wellbeing, and education programs

FRRR’s CEO Alexandra Gartmann says this program has been created to meet the changing requirements of rural and regional Australians.

“We have reshaped this program slightly to recognise that there are unique challenges in providing support to ageing rural Australians. It still provides support for residential aged care facilities but we are also seeking applications for programs like health and wellness activities or projects which enable elderly Australians to receive the care they need in their own homes.”

Ms Gartmann says that as well as the funds available nationally for this annual program, there is also some money specifically available for medium term projects (2-3 years) in New South Wales. Eligible organisations may be considered for multiyear funding, for a maximum of $10,000 per year, for up to three years.

In addition, there are some funds available specifically in the Shires of Gilgandra and Warren. Specific details on the program is available by contacting FRRR’s Program Manager, Jeanice Henderson on 1800 170 020.

The application form, together with detailed program guidelines and some frequently asked questions are available on the FRRR website. Applications close 5 October, 2012.

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