Grants to benefit carers and support their wellbeing


The Victorian Government recognises how important carers are, not only to the people they care for – the people whose lives they improve every day – but to the whole community.

This Carers Week, the Government is delivering more than $2.6 million to support carers to reconnect when it’s safe to do so through activities like morning teas, bushwalks and virtual cooking classes, as well as supporting one another through community forums and information sessions.

Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program 2021-22 – Round 2

Fifty-six organisations will receive grants totalling $1.75 million through the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program.

This will provide opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy and connect with family, friends, other carers and their local community – whether through accessible peer support, grassroots community support programs or tailored resources.

Congratulations to the following groups:


Funding amount

Aboriginal Community Elders Services Inc. (ACES)

$ 36,363.64

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC)

$ 31,420.00

Alkira Centre

$ 20,336.36

Anglicare Victoria

$ 21,572.00

ASTERIA Services Inc

$ 23,990.91

Australian Integrated Fijian Association Incorporated

$ 20,000.00

Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc

$ 36,363.64

Autism Family Support Association

$ 28,300.00

Banksia Palliative Care Service

$ 36,363.64

Baw Baw Shire Council

$ 29,318.18

City of Greater Dandenong

$ 24,129.31

Council on the Ageing (Vic) Inc (COTA Vic)

$ 36,360.00

Different Journeys Inc

$ 31,749.00

Emerge Australia

$ 27,980.00

Friends for Good

$ 36,363.64

Gateway Social Support Options Inc (trading as Gateway Community Services)

$ 36,363.64

Gateways Support Service

$ 36,363.64

Gippsland Disability Advocacy

$ 27,272.73

Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative

$ 36,363.64

Hallam Community Learning Centre

$ 20,640.00

iDareU LTD

$ 32,908.00

Indigo Shire Council

$ 31,152.36

Kyabram Community and Learning Centre Inc (KCLC)

$ 28,654.55

Leadership Plus

$ 36,355.45

Leopold Community and Learning Centre

$ 28,090.91

Little Dreamers Australia

$ 36,363.64

Manningham Inclusive Community Housing

$ 4,227.27

Midwest Area Mental Health Service – Sunshine Adult Acute Psychiatric Unit

$ 32,727.27

Mind Australia

$ 36,363.64

Multiple Sclerosis Limited

$ 29,030.91

Open Door Neighbourhood House Inc

$ 36,181.82


$ 36,363.64

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

$ 36,363.64

Police Veterans Victoria Inc.

$ 36,363.64

Polish Community Care Services Inc

$ 34,336.36

Presentation Family Centre

$ 18,218.18

Preston Neighbourhood House

$ 36,363.64

PRONIA (registered as Australian Greek Welfare Society Ltd)

$ 36,363.64

PS My Family Matters

$ 34,545.45

Rights, Employment Accommodation Leisure Inc

$ 22,229.09

Romsey Neighbourhood House Inc

$ 36,018.18

Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc

$ 20,000.00

Shepparton Family and Financial Services

$ 36,363.64

Southern Grampians Adult Education

$ 36,363.64

Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association Inc. (SICMAA)

$ 36,363.64

St John of God Outreach Services Limited (trading as St John of God Accord)

$ 25,342.73

Sunraysia Carers Support Group INC

$ 40,000.00

Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN)

$ 36,363.64

The Centre for Continuing Education Inc.

$ 36,363.64

Upper Murray Family Care

$ 18,389.09


$ 36,363.64

Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victoria Chapter

$ 36,363.64

Vietnamese Families with Special Needs Inc.

$ 37,557.00

Waratah Special Developmental School

$ 33,475.45

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association Inc.

$ 20,540.00

Your Community Health

$ 35,615.45

Carer Organisations Statewide Partnership Grants Program – Round 2

Additionally, five organisations will share in $917,000 through the Statewide Partnership Grants Program, which will support partnerships between carer organisations and other community support organisations to deliver innovative projects that benefit carers across the state.

Grant recipients in 2021-22:

  • Little Dreamers in partnership with stymie and KidsCo – to expand the Dreamers Hub online platform for young carers, including support for a harm reporting tool and online wellbeing programs.
  • Different Journeys in partnership with commercial and community organisations – to provide opportunities to reconnect carers into education, employment and community life through peer supported events and forums.
  • Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria in partnership with Carers Victoria – to provide an innovative solution to raising elder abuse awareness in care relationships among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.
  • Financial Counselling Victoria in partnership with Alfred Carer Services and Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre – to help older carers to build their financial resilience.
  • Tandem in partnership with Carer Lived Experience workforce and statewide mental health and wellbeing services – to support revision of Tandem’s working with families training modules to align with updated Chief Psychiatrist Guidelines and a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

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