Grants and Financial Assistance
For a comprehensive list of government grants, visit the following websites:
Microfinance and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) is the provision of financial services to low-income clients including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services.
Below is a list of some of the organisations operating within Australia:
In addition, through the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services, the Commonwealth Government has funded a number of microfinance initiatives, including No Interest Loans©, low interest loans, and matched savings.
You can find more details on NILSand StepUP (low interst loans) from Good Shepherd Victoria.
- Providers in North Queensland for NILS©
- For StepUP, pleasering (07) 4080 7400
- The nearest Saver Plus (a matched savings program) is available at Townsville, ring (07) 4728 6786
The program aims to build financial resilience and wellbeing among those most at risk of financial and social exclusion and disadvantage, and helps people across a range of income and financial literacy levels to manage their money, overcome financial adversity, participate in their communities and plan for the medium to long-term.
Free Commonwealth Financial Counselling
Financial counselling helps people in personal financial difficulty to address their financial problems and make informed consumer choices through direct casework, advocacy/negotiation (e.g. with creditors, Centrelink, utility companies, etc.) and community education.
Directory of services:
- For Queensland
- National Financial Counselling Helpline on:1800 007 007
Council's Development Incentive Scheme
A development incentive scheme has been introduced for the Cassowary Coast region, offering a 50 per cent reduction in infrastructure charges for certain developments. The scheme applies to developments approved from 13 December 2016 and completed by 14 December 2018. It largely promotes commercial, industrial and tourism development in different parts of the region but also promotes some infill residential development. The scheme has been introduced to help stimulate investment in the Cassowary Coast region. It is part of a broader investment incentives strategy being developed by Council. Click here to access Council's information sheet on Development Incentives.