Helping our hard-working carers look after themselves

Carers are getting more opportunities to be healthy, active and well with applications now open for grants to help local carer groups across the state, thanks to the Victorian Government.

Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan announced the opening of applications for $4 million worth of grants at the First Annual Carers Forum in Melbourne.

Grants of $1000 to $20,000 are available for both informal groups of local carers, or more formal organisations, to assist with activities that help improve carers’ physical and mental health by strengthening connections with family, friends and other local carers.

Also announced was the opening of applications for Carer Organisations Statewide Partnership Grants, offering $100,000 to $250,000 to enable partnerships between carer organisations and other groups to deliver large-scale projects for carers across the state.

Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them.

The Victorian Government’s Victorian Budget 2019-20 is also providing an additional $49.5 million over four years to support carers, through an extra 100,000 hours of respite for 5000 carers a year, year-round transport concessions and free travel state-wide during Carers Week in October 2019 for Victorian Carer Card holders.

Grant applications close 5pm, Monday 19 August 2019.

Source: Vic Government