The Albanese Government is investing $135 million in infrastructure grants to support aged care providers operating in rural and remote areas.
The grants will help specialist providers to build and improve services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and First Nations communities.
These grants are the first of two competitive opportunities to open in 2023-24 under the Aged Care Capital Assistance Program.
This round is focused on supporting existing providers to deliver quality services in small rural towns, remote and very remote communities.
Grants can be used for a range of purposes – from minor equipment purchases to building upgrades, extensions and new builds or purpose-built staff accommodation to support the aged care workforce.
A second grant funding round to open in the first half of 2024 will broaden eligibility to all regional, rural and remote locations with a continued focus on improving access to quality aged care services for First Nations communities in rural/remote and urban settings.
Grant information, including eligibility requirements is on GrantConnect (GO6593).
Applications close Monday 12 January 2024 at 2pm (AEDT).
Quotes attributable to Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells:
“The Albanese Government is investing $135 million dollars to help maintain or improve access to quality aged care services where they are needed most.
“Importantly these grants will further support First Nations communities to receive quality, culturally safe aged care services.
“I look forward to more opportunities to deliver improved infrastructure for First Nations elders in the second round under this program.”