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.

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


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