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.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse...
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular method of online fundraising for individuals, businesses, not-for-profits and charities. Generally it involves an individual or an organisation setting a fundraising target online and then asking the crowd of the internet for donations to reach that target...
Discover how to develop a proposal that gives you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is partnering with the Department of Education and Training to deliver a webinar to help community based organisations respond effectively...


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