Funding to assist carers with disabled adult children

REGIONAL parents who care for an adult child who is living with a disability will have access to additional funding under a trial being implemented across the state.

Queensland Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said today organisations could apply to share in more than $10 million for projects that create innovative living arrangements for people with disabilities who have elderly parent carers.

"The Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial shows the government understands the significant contribution of Queensland carers," she said.

"The disability sector is a key frontline service and this program honours our commitment to revitalise the disability service system to deliver support to the people who need it most.

"This project highlights the outcomes and the care, not just the money and the process."

Ms Davis said the trial provided elderly parents with greater certainty and a sense of security for when they can no longer care for their adult son or daughter with a disability.

"One-off capital grants of up to $1 million and smaller grants of up to $50,000 are available to trial flexible and innovative initiatives, that assist elderly parent carers to develop sustainable, long-term living arrangements," she said.

"This initiative also demonstrates what can be achieved by the government, non-government and private sectors working together to support Queenslanders."

Ms Davis said five applicants were successful in the first funding round and she hopes to see an even greater level of interest this time around, especially in regional and remote areas across the state.

For more information, or to apply for funding, visit http://www.communities.qld.gov.au.



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