Community organisations can now apply for a grant to support carer health and wellbeing in the second round of the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program. Funding is available for activities in 2021–22.
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Anthony Carbines officially opened applications for grants between $20,000 and $40,000. The grants are available to community organisations to support local carers.
The purpose of the grants is to increase opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy, and socially connected to family, friends, other carers and their local community.
“We know it’s hard to maintain your own physical and mental health when you’re dedicated to caring for others – that’s why we are helping local organisations support our carers”, said Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines.
Throughout Victoria more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them.
Unpaid carers support people with different care needs including people with chronic disease, mental illness, people with a disability, older people with care needs and those receiving end-of-life or palliative care.
The importance of supporting the mental health of carers was an important focus of the recent Mental Health Royal Commission final report. Organisations can apply for grants to align support for carers with the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
About grant applications and who can apply
Grant applications could include group activities for carers, community support programs and resources.
Organisations such as Neighbourhood Houses, local governments, community groups (such as Men’s Sheds) and peak body organisations are invited to apply.
Applications will close on 24 April 2021.
Victorian Carer Strategy 2018–22
Giving carers the support they need is an important priority of the Victorian Government through the , and through the commitment to fulfill all the recommendations of the Mental Health Royal Commission.
Reviewed 23 June 2021