Grants help local rural Victorians age in place

Bendigo, 22 October 2018:  Eleven groups across Victoria will be able to improve the aged care facilities and support in their communities, after sharing in $225,000 in grants in the latest round of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Caring for Rural Ageing Australians (CARA) grants program.

Stanthorpe Dementia Support Session

The program, which has been running since 2006, recognises that the responsibility for supporting older people in rural, regional and remote Australia to age in place is increasingly falling to community groups, many of which are volunteer-run, and not-for-profit.

The grants provide support for these vital facilities, services and activities that improve the well-being of older Australians, through community-based proactive and positive ageing programs, as well as practical support such as equipment for centres and community based residential facilities.

Natalie Egleton, FRRR CEO, said that without this support for what is often basic equipment and services, many communities would struggle.

“There is a lot of focus on the quality of aged care being provided across Australia at the moment and I’m delighted that FRRR can be supporting the efforts of local community groups to improve services being offered to older Australians to ensure that they are living their best life.

“Due to economies of scale, aged care providers in rural and regional Australia often particularly struggle to keep up with their counterparts in metropolitan areas and find it difficult to cover even basic needs,” Ms Egleton said.

“This round we saw a lot of demand for things such as refurbishing buildings to provide for better accessibility and equipment enhancements.

“There were also some projects focussing on strategies to reduce social isolation, ranging from trialling the effectiveness of virtual reality technology to purchasing a community car,” she continued.

Among the successful applicants in the small grant stream was Sunraysia Community Health Serviced Ltd. They have been awarded $10,000 to improve the health and social outcomes in their aged care facilities in Merbein and Red Cliffs through participation in an intergenerational music program.

In the large grant stream, RM Begg Kyneton Aged Care Inc’s Let's Enjoy the Garden initiative will improve the well-being of residents by enhancing their freedom of movement and access to outdoor activities by upgrading doorways between the dementia unit and the secure garden area. They will receive $17,200 to go towards the project.

All of these grants were funded by the generous support of the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation.

The next round of Caring for Ageing Rural Australians will open in 2019. To find out more about this program and to keep an eye on application dates, go to the FRRR website.

Below is the list of this round's grant recipients.


Small Grants




Amount Awarded

Euroa Health Inc

Equipment to Assist the Residents and Staff of Granite Hill Aged Care Facility

Maintain quality of care provided to aged care residents through the acquisition of new hygiene and mobility related equipment.



Jeparit Hospital

West Wimmera Health Service

Creation of Active Resident Areas

Support the physical health and mental well-being of residents of an aged care facility through the installation of outdoor exercise equipment.



Mallee Track Health and Community Service

Pattinson House - Owning Together the Outdoors

Enhancing the safety and amenity of an aged care facility, and improving opportunities for residents and guests to safely enjoy the outdoors by refurbishing its external entrance and front garden.



Sunraysia Community Health Services Ltd

Generations Music Together

Improve the health and social outcomes of residents in two aged care facilities through participation in an intergenerational music program.


Red Cliffs


Large Grants




Amount Awarded

Cooinda Village Inc

Relieving the Pressure

Improve the health and well-being of aged care residents and staff through the purchase of adjustable pressure relieving floor beds.



Eventide Lutheran Homes

Redevelopment and Enhancement of Activities Environment

Improve social engagement, participation rates and health and wellbeing outcomes by upgrading the amenity of the activities room at an aged care facility.



Lockington and District Bush Nursing Centre Inc

A New Community Car to Transport Our Seniors

Improve the health and well-being of elderly members of the community through the purchase of a new vehicle to enable continued delivery of a well-used community transport service.



RM Begg Kyneton Aged Care Inc

Let's Enjoy The Garden

Improve the well-being of residents by enhancing their freedom of movement and access to outdoor activities by upgrading doorways between the dementia unit and the secure garden area.



Rosedale Neighbourhood House Inc

Keep Rosedale On the Go!!

Improve the economic, health and well-being outcomes of local seniors through the purchase of a new community vehicle to support the delivery of a range of activities and services which would not otherwise be accessible.



The Old Colonists Association of Victoria

Enhancing senior wellbeing through virtual reality

Reduce social isolation and strengthen engagement through the application of Virtual Reality technology in an aged-care context.



Wonthaggi and District Elderly Citizens Homes Inc

Furnishing Upgrade

Improve the health and well-being of residents at Rose Lodge by replacing old furniture in communal lounge areas creating appropriate spaces for social interactions and activities.




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