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Support for Carers Program funding

Victoria’s Support for Carers Program (SCP) provides flexible support for carers to support their health and wellbeing.

Government, not-for-profit groups

Victoria’s Support for Carers Program (SCP)External Link provides flexible support for carers to support their health and wellbeing. Through a refresh of the existing program, the Victorian Government is inviting applications for amounts of $80,000 and over, to the available program funding total of up to $20 million a year for four years of program funding.

The program refresh aims to extend the reach of services and support available to carers across the state, particularly carers in rural and regional areas, and carers from diverse backgrounds.

From 1 July 2022, the SCP program model will provide funding on a fixed-term basis, with funding delivered through new four-year service agreements from 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2026.

Existing support service providers, such as Support for Carers Program (SCP) and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) providers, local councils, community health services, not-for-profit aged care and disability services providers and community organisations, as well as neighbourhood houses, men’s sheds, libraries and peak bodies, are invited to apply. Partnerships and collaborative approaches are highly encouraged.

Additional respite funding 2022–23

Through a submission process, the reach and equity of respite support across the state will be expanded through up to $10 million in additional funding in 2022-223.

Organisations can apply for one or both funding opportunities. To find out more go to the websiteExternal Link .


  • To increase access to respite and support for carers across Victoria, a broad range of potential respite and support providers who support people in care relationships are encouraged to apply. These include:

    • Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
    • Existing SCP service providers
    • Carer support organisations
    • Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) service providers
    • Local government
    • Not for profit registered organisations
    • Peak bodies
    • Multicultural organisations and community groups
    • Health services, including community health services and mental health services
    • Neighbourhood houses
    • Not for profit disability service providers
    • Not for profit aged care and home care service providers
    • Registered, incorporated not for profit organisations and charities (such as YMCA, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Red Cross, etc.)
    • Volunteer organisations.

    Organisations do not need to be current SCP providers to apply, and existing SCP providers are encouraged to apply.

    An organisation may apply on behalf of a group with whom they have partnership arrangements, including auspice arrangements.

  • Information session 18 March 2022 (virtual)

    Applications close 8 April 2022

  • A virtual information session about both these funding opportunities will be held on Friday 18 March 12.30 to 1.30pm.

    Please register your interest by emailing

Reviewed 15 March 2022

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