Community finance is a term used to describe a means of obtaining capital for individuals, non-profit organisations and social enterprises, enabling them to achieve their goals.

The aim is for communities and individuals to help each other to find innovative financial solutions in situations where traditional financial options may be inaccessible or inappropriate.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on the topic of community finance.

Below are a number of useful websites you can visit to find out more about community finance solutions.

The Community Finance Portal provides information on community finance and an easy-to-use tool to decide which community finance option is right for you.

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)

NILS is a micro-finance scheme for people on low income. Small loans are available for household goods such as a fridge or washing machine.

StepUP loans

StepUP is an extension of the NILS scheme. It provides an actual bank loan at a discounted interest rate for people on low income.

AddsUP Matched Savings Plan

The AddsUP saving scheme further is available to people who have successfully complete either the NILS or Step Up scheme. The scheme provides up to dollar for dollar matching of saving.

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Queensland Government media release Vulnerable families in Toowoomba will now have access to new intensive and specialist support services to help keep their children safely at home and out of the child protection system. Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman today visited Uniting Care Community,...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is investing in family support services in Nerang and the surrounding areas. Through ongoing funding to Act for Kids and the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre families across the region are receiving the support they need. Act for Kids can get...
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Queensland Government media release Central Queenslanders experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic and family violence will receive a little extra care thanks to funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Dignity First Fund. Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said Clermont...
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White Balloon Day, 8 September, is Australia's largest campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault. Now in its 21st year, White Balloon Day unites communities, businesses, schools and organisations annually to break the silence on child sexual assault and make a commitment to protecting...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service is holding information sessions on how to save money on power bills - during August, September and October. Switch On... in your community is open to anyone in the local community to learn more about their energy costs. Are you receiving all the government...
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Applications are closing soon for the 2017-18 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Events Grants. If you are a not‑for‑profit or charitable organisation and are planning to host an event in 2018 that will celebrate and promote intercultural connections, you have until 29 August 2017 to apply for...
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Queensland Government media release The Gold Coast Suns have been announced as the first recipient of the second round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.5 million Dignity First Fund, with a grant of $57,500 to establish a youth well-being and leadership program. Announcing the grant this morning at...
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The Scanlon Foundation's annual community grants round 2017 is open to selected local government areas which includes Logan, Ipswich and Inala. Funding will be considered for projects that support the transition of migrants into employment and the local community. The Scanlon Foundation is seeking...
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Queensland Government media release Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt is encouraging eligible Queenslanders to make full use of the many concessions and rebates on offer to help with cost-of-living pressures. Mr Pitt said in response to cost of living pressures and the Queensland...
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The RACQ Foundation offers assistance to community organisations and charities impacted by natural disasters like Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Foundation was established following the series of disasters that occurred across Queensland in 2011. Its priorities are to assist: Queensland community...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been established to provide tailored finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Fundamental to this is a commitment to helping clients build their capacity to manage debt and become financially...
Foresters Community Finance is a non-profit organisation that has been delivering community finance and social investment products in Australia for the past 20 years. It is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). CDFI’s are socially focused organisations that use community finance and...
The Community Financial Centre has been established by Our Community to give not-for-profit organisations of all types and sizes access to tools and resources to help improve their financial management, and better and more cost effective banking services. The site covers managing money,...
The RE Ross Trust published this report in 2007: Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise: A Prospectus Framework for the Social Sector The Trust acknowledges that most not-for-profit organisations must seek their funding from a diverse range of sources - government and philanthropic grants,...
This resource has been developed by Knode and Foresters to support boards and service managers assess their financial position and strategically build their organistion's financial sustainability. Building financial sustainability in your organistions contains tools to help you: Assess where your...
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Angela Massey, Queensland Council of Social Service

Social impact bonds (SIBs) are an innovative approach to funding that pay a return based on the achievement of agreed social outcomes. Private investors provide capital to pay for program delivery and receive a rate of investment return that is linked to the success of the program, as measured...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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Alyce Maschio, Foresters Community Finance

For social enterprises and non-profit organisations, access to capital means they can build financial independence, own assets, leverage greater community benefits, and develop capacity to build a sustainable long-term future.

As the funding landscape changes and major sector...

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Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

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