Aged Care Capital Assistance Program

The Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) provides grants to build, extend, or upgrade aged care services or to build staff accommodation where older Australians have limited or no access.

Aims of the program

The program aims to maintain or increase access to quality aged care services in thin market settings for people:

  • from First Nations communities
  • living in regional, rural, and remote areas
  • who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless
  • with other complex and diverse needs, including dementia.

How much funding has been made available

Up to $605.7 million has been made available until 30 June 2027.

From 2027–28, we will make at least $161 million available per year on an ongoing basis.

What grants can be used for

Organisations can apply for ACCAP grants to support aged care infrastructure projects, such as:

  • new builds, extensions and upgrades
  • maintenance and efficiency upgrades
  • safety and amenity improvements
  • construction or upgrade of multi-use spaces
  • provision of staff accommodation

Eligible activities are determined on a round-by-round basis and clarified through grant opportunity guidelines. These guidelines will be published on GrantConnect at the beginning of each grant round.

Who can apply

Eligibility to apply and receive grant funding is determined on a round-by-round basis and clarified through grant opportunity guidelines.

Thin markets, Multiple Streams Grant Opportunity results 

Results for the Thin Markets, Multiple Streams Grant Opportunity (GO6593) were announced on 21 May 2024. 

A total of $134.9 million in funding was allocated for 76 infrastructure projects focused on: 

  • maintaining or improving access to quality aged care services in small rural towns, remote and very remote communities (MM5-7)
  • supporting First Nations communities 
  • supporting older Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

For more information, see the results, summary of allocations and feedback for applicants.

Future grant opportunities

A second round will open in June 2024 to maintain or improve access to quality residential-based aged care services. This round will broaden eligibility to all regional, rural and remote locations (MM2-7) and will have a continued focus on improving access to quality aged care services for First Nations communities nationwide, including metropolitan settings (MM1-7).

The round is anticipated to open from June 2024. Further information will be published at this time.

To receive notifications about future funding opportunities, please register with GrantConnect.

Invite only grant opportunities

The Critical Infrastructure Projects Grant Opportunity (GO6332) has made available up to $134.5 million to 30 June 2026. This is a closed non-competitive, invite only opportunity that allows the department to address situations where a critical and urgent need has been identified.

Visit GrantConnect for information on this opportunity. 

What we’ve already funded

A targeted round has delivered $115 million to construct 4 culturally safe, purpose-built NATSIFAC services.

Contacts

Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) contact

The Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) provides grants to build, extend, or upgrade aged care services or to build staff accommodation where older Australians have limited or no access.

Aged care grants contact

Email us for information if you have questions about aged care grants.
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