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Perpetual Foundation - Rural Enhancement Endowment
Veirtel Trust
Previous funding rounds

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.

The Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program 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.

Commonly funded items in 2013/14


The 2015 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 2015 CARA program:

The CARA Small Grants stream has $350,000 available for communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria for grants up to $10,000, through the support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF), the Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust managed by Equity Trustees, the Ian Roll Currie Estate Foundation and private donors.

Of these funds, $35,000 has been set aside specifically for projects in Gilgandra and Warren shires of NSW, thanks to funding from Estate of the Late John William Fleming, The Carleton Family Charitable Trust, the Estate of the Late Harold Gordon Jones and Perpetual Foundation – the Rural Enhancement Endowment.

The CARA Large Grants stream has $125,000 available for Victorian communities only for grants ranging between $30,000 – $80,000, through the support of the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation. Organisations wishing to apply to the Large Grants program must contact the Program Manager, Jeanice Henderson, on 1800 170 020 to request an application form.

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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