Two new funding opportunities to increase reach of support for carers

The Victorian Government is boosting flexible support and respite for unpaid carers so that they can take a well-earned break from their care role.
16 March 2022
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The Victorian Government is boosting flexible support and respite for unpaid carers so that they can take a well-earned break from their care role.  

Across Victoria, more than 700,000 unpaid carers give their time and effort to look after a partner, family member or friend who needs them. Every carer is different, they can be any age and from all cultures and backgrounds. Carers provide essential, unpaid support in a range of ways, from a few hours a day to around-the-clock assistance and care. 

It can be difficult for carers to access the supports and services they need to look after themselves, and make sure they’re supported in their care role – particularly when many don’t see themselves as carers. 

Through two funding opportunities for eligible organisations, the Victorian Government is expanding the reach of support and respite available to carers across the state. 

Eligible carer support organisations and peak bodies, health services, councils, neighbourhood houses, service providers and other community organisations are encouraged to apply for these funding opportunities. Partnerships between organisations are strongly encouraged, particularly to improve service accessibility to rural and regional communities and carers from diverse backgrounds. 

Organisations can apply for one or both funding opportunities. 

Support for Carers Program 

Victoria’s Support for Carers Program provides flexible tailored support and respite 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 total program funding of up to $20 million a year for four years. 

The purpose of refreshing the program is to extend the reach of services and flexible support to make these supports more available to carers across the state, particularly to carers in rural and regional areas, and carers from diverse backgrounds. 

The department encourages applications that demonstrate innovative ways to provide support to meet the needs of carers. Partnerships between organisations are also encouraged. 

To find out more go to the vic.gov website.

Additional respite funding 

When you are caring for others, it’s important to take care of yourself as well. For thousands of Victorians, providing care is a 24/7 job. Respite helps give carers a break and a chance to relax or take part in other activities, including social activities, volunteering, study or paid employment. 

The reach and equity of respite support across the state will be boosted by up to $10 million in addition to recurrent funding for respite through the Victorian Government’s Support for Carers Program.

Through this funding for organisations, carers will be able to access a range of home, community and facility respite options, as well as opportunities for carers and those they care for to take part in enjoyable and recreational programs and activities and programs that help them look after their own health and wellbeing. The funding will particularly focus on encouraging innovation and increasing access to respite support for carers and communities currently experiencing barriers to respite access, such as those in rural areas 

Find out more about this funding opportunity and if your organisation is eligible on the vic.gov website.

Information session 

A virtual information session for organisations to find out more about both these funding opportunities is planned for Friday 18 March 12.30 - 1.30pm.

Please register your interest by emailing victoriancarerstrategy@dhhs.vic.gov.au.