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Harold Gordon Jones
Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation
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Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA)

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.  

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.


The 2017 program opens 3 July and closes 11 August 2017.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.  

Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

There are two streams for the 2017 CARA program:

1. The Small Grants stream will offer grants up to $10,000, and is available in the following locations, thanks to the support of specific donors:

Location Funds Available Donors
Gilgandra and Warren Shires, NSW TBC

The Carleton Family Charitable Trust

The Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones

Private donors

Victoria TBC Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation


2. The Large Grants stream has $125,000 available (TBC) for Victorian communities only for grants over $10,000, with a preference between $20,000 – $80,000, thanks to the support of the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation. Organisations wishing to apply to the Large Grants program must contact the Program Manager on 1800 170 020 to request a link to the application form.

  • Caring for Ageing Rural Australians Small Grants Stream - 2017 Guidelines
  • Caring for Ageing Rural Australians Large Grants Stream - 2017 Guidelines

FRRR is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications for the 2017 CARA program will be submitted via our new online grants application portal. The link to this system will be available from Monday, 10 July. Further details are available in the Guidelines documents.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact your State Programs Manager on 1800 170 020.

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