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.

Two new Good Money community finance stores will respond to the increasing need for access to fair and affordable financial services for Queenslanders on low incomes. The stores are a three-way partnership between Good Shepherd Microfinance, the National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Queensland...
The National No-Interest-Loan-Scheme (NILS) conference was recently held in June 2016 in Adelaide. The presentations from the conference workshops are now available: Marketing masterchef Are social enterprises the answer? Financial conversations Are you making an ethical decision? The good and the...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...
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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
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Discover how to develop a proposal that gives you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment. QCOSS is partnering with the Department of Education and Training to deliver a webinar to help community based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the...
Indigenous radio station, 98.9fm , in partnership with Financial Literacy Australia is developing a radio campaign aimed at increasing the financial know-how of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in south-east Queensland. The campaign, called Managing Bungoo, will include short radio...
MORE support has been announced for financial counselling in drought-stricken regions in Queensland. An extra $730,000 in funding has been provided for Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) providers in Queensland to continue to help farmers battling drought across the State. Times of drought...
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Here is an update provided by the team in Queensland Treasury. SBBs Pilot Program Highlights 2015 It has been a very busy six months for the program team. Between June and November the program has been established, the team has grown from three to nine, we have conducted 233 discrete market...
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Good Shepherd Microfinance have produced a short introduction to the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS). The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit. Loan amounts are between $300 – $1,200 for essential goods and...
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Registrations for the 2015 QCOSS State Conference are now open and the full program is also available. This year the QCOSS conference will be presented in two exciting formats – day one will be a conference day of plenary sessions and concurrent content, while day two will be presented in a series...

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