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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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...
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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...
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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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Queensland Government media release Up to 13,300 Queensland kids are about to receive a helping hand to start playing sport with Round 10 of the Queensland Government’s Get Started Vouchers program. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the program is one of the Queensland Government’s most...
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Funding of up to $50,000 is available under our Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program. The grants support innovative, locally-led initiatives that promote social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination by encouraging community participation for people experiencing...
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The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a three-year $6 million Empowering Families Innovation Fund to generate and support new programs and initiatives that reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system...
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Queensland Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, can stay active and connected, and contribute economically, socially and culturally. Over three years, $1 million per annum will be available through open funding rounds to seed...
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Approximately $1 million is available for projects that focus on innovative processes, workforce utilisation and participant-led models, in the second round of funding of the national Innovative Workforce Fund. The Fund is open to any organisation, business or individual in Australia with original...
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Minister Shannon Fentiman has released this statement on funding contracts The Palaszczuk Government is committed to working in genuine partnership with community based organisations delivering services to Queensland families. Already we have created more than 220 additional jobs in the community...
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Queensland Government media release Local community groups are set for a welcome cash boost, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 Community Fund. Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said ahead of Stage 2 taking its first passengers in 2018, the...

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