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Carleton Family
Harold Gordon Jones
Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation
John William Fleming
Perpetual Foundation - Rural Enhancement Endowment
Veirtel Trust
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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 2016 program is now closed.

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 2016 CARA program:

  • 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
Queensland $45,000 Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
Gilgandra and Warren Shires, NSW $55,000

The Estate of the Late John William Fleming

The Carleton Family Charitable Trust

The Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones

The Perpetual Foundation - the Rural Enhancement Endowment

Victoria $100,000 Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation


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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