Published on 16 August 2023

MEDIA RELEASE: Carers Victoria unveils ‘Connecting Carers in their Community’ Grants Program

Carers Victoria has announced a new grants program aimed at improving local connections and support for unpaid carers in communities across Victoria.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the ‘Connecting Carers in their Community’ Grants Program presents a major opportunity for eligible organisations to apply for one-off grants of between $20,000 and $40,000.

According to Judith Abbott, CEO of Carers Victoria, the grants program is another important step forward in recognising the valuable contributions of carers and providing them with the support they need and deserve.

“We want to give organisations around the state, regardless of size and location, the opportunity to access these grants so they can support carers from all walks of life, from a young carer caring for a sibling, parent or grandparent, caring for a person with a disability, mental illness/issue or addiction to a person caring for a family member or loved one with a chronic illness.

To be eligible to apply, organisations will need to be not-for-profit, have an ABN and possess public liability insurance. Applications that demonstrate innovation and the capacity to reach as many carers as possible, particularly isolated carers, are strongly welcomed.

Judith says, ‘There are over 700,000 unpaid carers across the State, and we hope that Connecting Carers in their Community’ will benefit a significant number of them”.

Carers Victoria strongly encourages organisations to actively engage and partner with carers in the design, delivery, and evaluation of projects. As part of the application process, grant applicants will be required to demonstrate how they plan to involve carers throughout the project.

Organisations interested in applying for the grant can mark their calendars with the following key dates:

Applications open: 18 August 9 am 2023

Applications close: 15 September 5 pm 2023

“Organisations interested in applying for the grant are urged to visit the Carers Victoria website for further details and submission guidelines. Together, we can build a more attentive and connected community for Victorian carers.”


About Carers Victoria

Established in 1992, Carers Victoria is the peak body representing all unpaid carers in Victoria. Through its work, it aims to advance understanding of unpaid carers and improve their access to assistance.