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.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...


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