Carers Small Grants Program 2022-23

Status: OPEN

Applications open on Monday, 16 May 2022 and close at 2:00 pm on Monday, 15 August 2022.

The details of the successful applicants will be made publicly available at www.communities.tas.gov.au. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter advising they have been unsuccessful, with details of how to request feedback on their application.

Supporting Tasmanian Carers

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the vital role and significant contribution of unpaid carers to the health, wellbeing and security of their family members and friends who need support and assistance.

Carers deserve recognition for what they do in our communities and for their intrinsic value in our society and it is important that they are recognised and respected as individuals as well as key partners in the broader care support network.

Supporting Tasmanian Carers: Tasmanian Carer Action Plan 2021-2024 (Supporting Tasmanian Carers) is the Tasmanian Government’s plan to support carers with three key action areas: Recognition, Access and Participation, and Learning. The Action Plan supports carers to access services and participate in the community, enhance the recognition of carers, and ensure that carer’s voices are considered in the development of policy and programs.

Applications for the Carers Small Grants Program are encouraged to demonstrate alignment with Supporting Tasmanian Carers. A copy of the Action Plan can be found here.

Overview

To celebrate and promote the contribution of carers to their communities, the Tasmanian Government is providing funding for a Carers Small Grants Program to support Carers Week events run by local organisations across the State and increase awareness of services available to carers. A total of $33 860 will be available under the Grants Program in 2022-23.

For the purposes of the Carers Small Grants Program, a carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic or life limiting condition alcohol or drug dependence or who are frail or aged1.

Organisations are encouraged to apply for grants up to $2 500 (Tier One) or up to $500 (Tier Two).

Funding Areas

The Carers Small Grants Program is a two-tier grant program involving:

Tier One - Health and Wellbeing Support

  • Applicants can apply for funding of up to $2 500 to raise awareness of health and wellbeing services for Tasmanian carers. Carers will be invited and encouraged to participate in these services.

Tier Two - Events

  • Applicants can apply for funding of up to $500 for events to celebrate National Carers Week  (16-22 October 2022) or for a community event that celebrates/supports carers that benefits carers in 2022-23. Carers will be invited and encouraged to participate in these events.

Eligibility

Applicant organisations must be either:

  • an incorporated community associations registered under the Associations Incorporations Act 1964
  • a not-for-profit company registered under company law
  • a Local Government (must demonstrate collaboration with a community organisation to improve outcomes for carers).

Note: Other community organisations may be considered, particularly if the organisation is able to be auspiced by an organisation who meets the above eligibility criteria.

Guidelines and Application Form

Applicants should read and understand the program Guidelines prior to submitting an application.

How to Apply: Applications can be submitted via the online Application form found here.

Previous Grant Recipients

Important Information around COVID19

All applicants funded under this Program must comply with any COVID-19 requirements and restrictions for events in place at the time of their event, including the Tasmanian Government’s A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania.

Contact

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Communities, Sport and Recreation before preparing their application to ensure they understand the Program’s requirements and can present their best case for funding.

Communities, Sport and Recreation can be contacted by emailing csrgrants@communities.tas.gov.au or phoning on 1800 204 224.