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.

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 Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply in an open selection process to deliver services under the Families and Communities program - Financial Wellbeing and Capability . This will include activities across Australia from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2023. The Financial Wellbeing...
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Queensland Government media release Queensland community groups have more than a million reasons to get excited this month, with a celebratory round of grants on offer from the state’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF). Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said applications...
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Making sure people with disability are connected into their communities is an important part of the NDIS. To do this, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is funding a range of projects which are focused on creating more inclusive communities through Information, Linkages and Capacity...
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Neighbourhood Centres across Queensland can share in $550,000 of Palaszczuk Government funding for one-off grants to run events, deliver projects, or to purchase equipment to help make their communities thrive. Minister for Communities Coralee O'Rourke today (9 May) announced that the new Thriving...
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Held during the first week of September each year, Queensland Child Protection Week aims to raise the profile of all issues connected with child protection. Events held during the week provide excellent opportunities for schools, businesses, community groups and government organisations to rally...
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Queensland Government media release Community organisations can benefit from grants of up to $35,000 thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund’s (GCBF) latest round of grants. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said community groups were able to apply...
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Community Sector Banking has announced that applications for the Social Investment Grant program open on 1 May 2018. Not-for-profits will be able to apply for the grants, totalling $300,000, to support people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse. The grants pool is funded by Community Sector...
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Queensland Government media release Funding of up to $10,000 is available to community groups interested in protecting our region’s drinking water catchments, as part of the annual Water for Life community grants program. Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said...
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The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund was founded by Endeavour Foundation in 2009 to fund activities which live outside Endeavour Foundation’s normal day-to-day activities. The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund aims to benefit Australians with an intellectual or...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service maintains an up-to-date list of grants available to community and social service organisations. Go to the webpage to find more. For fundraising information and advice on applying for grants go to our Fundraising and Philanthropy page

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been established to provide tailored finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Fundamental to this is a commitment to helping clients build their capacity to manage debt and become financially...
Foresters Community Finance is a non-profit organisation that has been delivering community finance and social investment products in Australia for the past 20 years. It is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). CDFI’s are socially focused organisations that use community finance and...
The Community Financial Centre has been established by Our Community to give not-for-profit organisations of all types and sizes access to tools and resources to help improve their financial management, and better and more cost effective banking services. The site covers managing money,...
The RE Ross Trust published this report in 2007: Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise: A Prospectus Framework for the Social Sector The Trust acknowledges that most not-for-profit organisations must seek their funding from a diverse range of sources - government and philanthropic grants,...
This resource has been developed by Knode and Foresters to support boards and service managers assess their financial position and strategically build their organistion's financial sustainability. Building financial sustainability in your organistions contains tools to help you: Assess where your...
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Angela Massey, Queensland Council of Social Service

Social impact bonds (SIBs) are an innovative approach to funding that pay a return based on the achievement of agreed social outcomes. Private investors provide capital to pay for program delivery and receive a rate of investment return that is linked to the success of the program, as measured...

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House Call Doctor

Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

“The...

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Alyce Maschio, Foresters Community Finance

For social enterprises and non-profit organisations, access to capital means they can build financial independence, own assets, leverage greater community benefits, and develop capacity to build a sustainable long-term future.

As the funding landscape changes and major sector...

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Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

It’s uncomfortable, complex, frustrating and is the origin of many of our struggles. Change - it is something that we all experience daily but don’t necessarily embrace. In the community services sector, change is something that we are accustomed to in our work places. It is a process that can...

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