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 Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan has announced additional disaster assistance for small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by severe weather and flooding from Tropical...
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The nib foundation's Community Grant program supports practical, community -based initiatives that focus on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians, with a focus on youth and carers. A Community Grant round is held once each year and applications are invited...
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An age-friendly community grants program is open to organisation's for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland. The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program is open to organisations who can display a strong correlation...
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Queensland Government media release Gold Coasters can steer clear of dodgy payday lenders with the official opening of Queensland’s first Good Money store at Southport, last week. Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the state’s first Good Money store was a lifeline for cash-strapped...
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The Queensland Government is offering support to not-for-profit organisations affected by Cyclone Debbie. Organisations affected may be eligible for loans or grants assistance to help with recovery efforts. Natural Disaster Assistance A low interest loan and grant package of up to $105,000 is...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
Breaking the cycle of over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in out-of-home-care is the focus of Queensland’s first social impact investment initiative, announced by Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt in Cairns today. The ‘New Parent Infant Network’ (NEWPIN) service is the...
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If your not-for-profit organisation is in need of financial guidance and has an annual turnover of under $250,000, you can sign up to the Mentor the Treasurer program . In partnership with Pro Bono Australia, CPA Australia assists not for profits by connecting them with qualified CPA Australia...
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Queensland Government media release Community organisations and councils across Queensland can apply for subsidies of up to $1000 to help fund local events during Seniors Week 2017, to be held from 19-27 August. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the subsidies were a great way to help...
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A new million dollar fund is being opened up to not-for-profit organisations worldwide in a bid to deliver change to young people, women and military veterans lives around the world. The Sage Foundation has launched it's Enterprise Fund with a particular focus on supporting small to medium sized...

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