More than $420,000 granted to projects Caring for Ageing Rural Australians

Bendigo, 16 December, 2015: FRRR today announced the 44 recipients of grants through its Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) program. These groups will share $420,534 to support older people living in small rural, regional and remote communities.

Collaboratively-funded CARA grants are designed to assist community-based, not-for-profit groups to undertake projects and programs that support and encourage older people living in rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Support from the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation meant that for the first time, FRRR was able to offer a small number of larger grants between $30,000 and $80,000, in addition to the usual offering of small grants up to $10,000.

This year - the tenth since the grants began - saw the most funds requested since CARA’s inception, with $1,277,176 requested via 78 applications.

FRRR’s CEO Natalie Egleton says the high number of requests reflects the increased demand from community groups for assistance to help rural Australians grow old in the towns where they have spent their working lives.

“In total we are awarding more than $420,000. Grants range from just $934 to improve access to testing equipment for clients receiving anticoagulant treatment, up to $40,000 for a kitchen upgrade to resolve compliance issues,” Ms Egleton said.

“Community transport emerged as the strongest theme within the large grant stream, with several applications requesting funds to either establish a community transport service or replace an existing community bus. It was also very common in small grant requests,” said Ms Egleton.

Jeanice Henderson, who manages the CARA program, said that the needs in rural communities are diverse, and this program is one of only a few that caters for all aspects of ageing.

“These grants allow local not-for-profit groups working with ageing rural Australians to identify the initiatives that will make the greatest difference in their services – whether that is programs focusing on health and wellness activities, projects that enable elderly locals to receive the care they need in their own homes, or equipment for community-based nursing homes or respite centres,” said Ms Henderson.

“None of these deserving projects would have benefited without the support of our donors, in particular, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF), the Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust (managed by Equity Trustees), the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation and other private donors.

“We see increasing demand from communities for support and we are grateful that these organisations share our commitment to creating more vibrant, rural, regional and remote communities. Anyone else who would like to support these kinds of projects are welcome to get in touch.”

The full list of projects funded is below. Anyone interested in helping to fund any of the projects that FRRR has been unable to is invited to contact the program manager, Jeanice Henderson, on 03 5430 2399.





New South Wales

Adelong Men's Shed

Installation of electricity to new workshop

Creating an important community hub by completing the fit out of a new men's shed.



Local Health Medical Trust

Fred Astaire's (Chairs) for the Quacks Rooms
Increasing the safety and comfort of elderly patients while they are waiting for medical services, by purchasing age-appropriate chairs.



Murray Haven Homes Inc.

Rising to the Challenge and Stopping the Leak
Improving safety and living conditions for the residents and staff, by installing sensor taps and lifting equipment.



Byron Bay Community Association Inc.

The Life Journey Project
Providing an opportunity to record life stories of residents, building connections and resulting in improved care for residents.

Byron Bay


Casino Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Community Gardens Toilet
Providing enhanced access to the community garden, with the construction of a unisex, wheelchair accessible toilet and a storage shed at the Casino community garden.



Cootamundra Meals On Wheels Services Inc.

Out ‘n’ About In Touch and Informed
Creating important social connections for isolated older community members through monthly outings for clients of the Meals on Wheels Service.



Cootamundra Nursing Home

Backing the Barbie
Enhancing interaction among residents and their families, through the creation of an outdoor area for socialising and family gatherings.



CWA NSW - Deniliquin

Kitchen Upgrade
Enhancing the communal kitchen facilities at the community hall to meet health and safety standards and make the kitchen more usable.



Dunedoo Area Community Group Incorporated

Renew, Recycle, Educate & Revegetate - 12 Months Learning
Increasing skills and social connections for older people, through 12 monthly workshops on a variety of topics.



Forbes College for Seniors Inc.

Capital Learning
Enhancing equitable access for older people to educational opportunities in Canberra.



Forbes Community Men’s Shed Inc.

Equipping for a bright future
Increasing the reach and activities for the local Men’s Shed, by replacing hand tools and purchasing specialised equipment to expand the program of activities.



Nabiac Showground Hall Committee (Sec355 - Great Lakes Council)

Terminating Treacherous Tables
Making it easier and safer for older community members to host events, by purchasing light weight trestle tables that are easier to set up for events and activities.



Cooee Lodge Aged Care Facility (Gilgandra Council)

The 3 R Corridor – Relaxation, Refreshment and Reading
Improving the amenities in the communal space, including upgrading the seating, to encourage greater use of the space by hostel residents and visitors.



Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group Inc.

Filling in our Gaps

Improving the services and support available to the community by undertaking training and purchasing equipment, including an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and a range of equipment specifically for older clients, including those with mobility issues.



Gunnedah Aged Care Services Limited

Getting on the Green
Improving fitness and building stronger community connections by supporting the construction of a putting green, seating and walking path for residents of the aged care facility.



Holbrook Meals on Wheels Service Inc.

Use it or Lose it Active Seniors
Enhancing fitness levels, increasing mobility, preventing falls and creating social connections by supporting a gentle exercise program for seniors, led by a qualified fitness leader.



Weemelah Hall Committee (Moree Plains Shire Council)

Healthy Dishes Healthy People
Enhancing the facilities of this community hall by purchasing a commercial dishwasher to be used at community events.



Nambucca Heads Men’s Shed Inc.

Stretching the Brain
Supporting the financial viability and extending creative activities of the Men’s Shed by purchasing a computer controlled router milling machine to create timber products for sale and on commission.

Nambucca Heads


Frazer Court Committee Inc.

Removing Winter Chills
Enabling more elderly people to remain in their local community by enhancing the amenities of the local hostel, through installing heating, lighting and exhaust fans in nine hostel rooms.

Peak Hill


Warren Community Homes Association Incorporated

Bliss Project
Reducing the cost of electricity for residents of the community homes and increasing their comfort during extremes of summer and winter by installing solar panels and new split system air conditioners. 



Warren Family Health Centre (Rural and Remote Medical Services Limited)

One Stop Anti Coag Shop
Improving the treatment and care available locally by purchasing testing equipment for use by those regularly taking anticoagulant treatment.



Parklands Cottage Incorporated

AHOY! At the Point
Stimulating social interaction for residents, and providing respite for carers by purchasing resources to support more engaging activities in the local community for those living with dementia.

West Kempsey



Blackbutt & Benarkin Aged Care Assoc. Inc.

Connecting Heart to Hart
Build a sense of community and belonging for residents by constructing a community open space and garden for passive outdoor recreation.



Charleville Hospital Auxiliary Inc.

Keeping Our Elders Fighting Fit for Longer
Enabling local residents to remain living independently for longer by purchasing health aids and appliances that can be lent to older residents.



Coverty Creek Community Development & Social Club Inc.

Safe Steps
Creating a more inclusive environment and opportunities for interaction by constructing a wheelchair ramp and pathways at the local community meeting space.



Injune Retirement Village Incorporated

Let us Eat
Providing improved amenities for residents and a safer working environment for staff by providing a dishwasher and new oven that meet food safety standards.



Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc. (BIEDO)

Silver Surfers on Social Media
Providing computer skills training for older members of rural communities, to build their confidence in using different platforms and new technology, enabling them to stay connected and more easily perform daily tasks such as e-banking and paying bills online.



QCWA-Nebo/Sarina Range Branch

Put The Kettle On
Encouraging community interaction and building connections by enhancing the facilities in the local hall, making the space more attractive and inviting for local community groups.



Winton Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Central West Bazaar
Improving the well-being of older members of the community, by providing a healthy lifestyle program to encourage older people to be more active and cook healthy, nutritious meals at home.




Kellock Lodge Alexandra Inc.

Vroom Vroom time to live
Assisting to creating a more inclusive community and enhance access to services by purchasing a bus fitted with a hydraulic wheelchair lift, providing an accessible transport option for aged members of Alexandra and Eildon.



Otway Health

Osteo-fitness Program
Improving the quality of life for older community members by supporting the cost of engaging qualified health professionals and reducing gym membership costs to encourage participation in an osteo-fitness program to help establish ongoing exercise patterns.

Apollo Bay


Cooinda Village Inc.

Health Lifting
Making it safer for residents and staff by purchasing and installing lifting devices in the high care dementia area of Cooinda Village.



Central Hume Primary Care Partnership (Benalla Health)

Dying 2 Know - ACDC Rocks

Creating a more informed community by hosting community events to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of Advance Care planning in relation to end of life issues.



Ottrey Homes Cobram & District Retirement Village

Promoting the Engagement with Community at Large Bus
Assisting to create a more inclusive community by upgrading local transport with flexible seating and access for two wheelchairs, allowing aged residents to remain engaged in community activities.



Creswick & District Senior Citizens Welfare Committee

Distance Isolation Reduction System
Assisting to maintain an inclusive community by replacing the community bus, ensuring more isolated aged residents continue to be able to participate in activities.



Hepburn Health Service

A New Lease on Life
Enhancing the facilities in the Daylesford aged care facility by refurbishing the lounge and dining area to improve the safety and comfort of residents, particularly for those living with dementia, making the environment more enjoyable and stimulating.



Baptcare Ltd - Northaven Branch

Northaven Wellness not Illness
Improving patient care through professional development and activities focusing on people centred care for those living with dementia.



Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Have Lift, Will Travel
Encouraging greater participating in community activities by assisting to purchase a wheelchair accessible bus, allowing aged residents and wheelchair dependent people to remain engaged in community activities.

Lakes Entrance


Maryborough Community House

Cookin Chooken in our Kitchen Haven
Providing essential equipment for a community kitchen, making it more comfortable and suitable to support a range of activities benefiting the local aged population such as communal meals.



Rupanyup Nursing Home Support Group (Dunmunkle Health Services)

Music Memories and Friendships
Enhancing the wellbeing of local aged care residents by helping to cover costs to deliver stimulating and entertaining musical performances, as part of the lifestyle programming at the nursing home.



Tallangatta Health Service

Aging with Freedom to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Improving the safety and well-being of aged-care residents living with dementia by constructing a fence and improving access to the outdoors.



Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre Inc.

Food Glorious Food
Enhancing the amenities of this community facility and addressing safety and compliance issues by upgrading the kitchenette in the Special Care unit, enabling staff to support residents living with dementia to engage safely in food specific activities.

Violet Town


Wycheproof Community Resource Centre Inc.

Zoomin around Wyche and Beyond
Creating a more inclusive, connected community and enhancing access to health services by assisting to purchase a bus to transport aged people and those with disabilities to community activities and medical appointments, enhancing wellbeing and community engagement.



Yarram and District Health Service

Swim Bus
Improving access to services and enhancing health and wellbeing outcomes by supporting the cost of transportation for older people recovering from surgery and osteo related ailments to participate and experience the benefits of hydrotherapy.




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