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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 2018 CARA 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.

Program Guidelines

In 2018, $225,000 in CARA grants is available to Victorian communities, thanks to the support of The Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation. Organisations wishing to apply to the program are encouraged to contact the Program Manager on 1800 170 020 to discuss potential projects and any questions.

Grants Gateway Apply Now - Small Grant Stream

There are two streams for the 2018 CARA program:
1. The Small Grant stream will offer grants up to $10,000;
  • Caring for Ageing Rural Australians Small Grant Stream - 2018 Guidelines


Grants Gateway Apply Now - Large Grant Stream

2. The Large Grant stream will offer grants ranging from $10,001 up to $40,000:
  • Caring for Ageing Rural Australians Large Grant Stream - 2018 Guidelines



FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.

Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Activity Tree', which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now buttons above.

To return to an application you have already started, click on the Grants Gateway logo below.

Return to Applications

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing



For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Further information

Before applying, please review the relevant stream Guidelines carefully. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact the Victorian State Programs Manager on 1800 170 020.

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