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  • Rochester Flood Relief Fund | ANHCA

    Rochester Community Access Flood Relief Fund In response to the floods in October 2022, Rochester Community House established a flood recovery bank account to collect donation funds to be distributed to the flood-affected residents of their community. To assist with the distribution of these funds, Rochester Community House has partnered with the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) . With additional funding from Commun ity Bank Elmore, Lockington and Rochester , ANHCA has established the 'Rochester Community Access Flood Relief Fund' . We aim to ensure that these funds are readily available for local community members of Rochester and surrounding residents. Who can rece ive funding? Residents of Rochester (3561) and surrounding localities impacted by the October 2022 flood event . This funding is only available for your primary residence. This includes people who are renting or are homeowners. This excludes rental properties that are rented or owned but are used as a secondary residence (e.g., holiday homes). Rental properties will be addressed on an individual basis. This funding is only available for individu als and not for businesses. ​ Funding Available: Apply for up to $500 of financial support payments. From the generosity of Commun ity Bank Elmore, Lockington and Rochester, Bendigo Bank applicants can receive a $200 Bonus on top of the $500 payment ($700 total). Read more here . Round One: Open 20 July 2023, max $500 per household. Close date is to be confirmed. ​ Assessment Process: Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Funding will be transferred after assessment to community members who are deemed eligible. The administrator’s decision is final. Feedback for unsuccessful applications may not be provided. Other s upport available for flood relief Financial support available for people impacted by the Victorian floods and Bogong landslip Business Groups Flood Recovery Grants Register for a structural assessment Good Shepherd's No Interest Loans (NILs) Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee Salvation Army Disasters Assistance Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Disaster Relief Grants ​ If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact: Jarrah Kelly, Project Support Specialist jarrah@anhca.org ​ Open 20 July 2023 - 30 June 2024 DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES APPLY ONLINE If you are having difficulty with the online application you can alternatively fill out the paper application form and email a scanned copy to jarrah@anhca.org DOWNLOAD PAPER FORM

  • Annual Report | Australian Neighbour

    Annual Report We produce an annual report each financial year to report on our progress and financial position. Current Annual Report ​ Download the Annual Report 2022 - 2023 (PDF 4MB) Thank you to all neighbourhood and community houses and centres who contributed images, stories and statistics to make this annual report possible. ​ ​ Past Annual Reports ​ Annual Report 2021 - 2022 (PDF 6MB) ​ Annual Report 2020 - 2021 (PDF 6MB) ​ Annual Report 2019 - 2020 (PDF 5MB) ​

  • Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions | ANHCA

    Why it matters What we are doing About the goal Our targets About the Goal About By promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, we provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This goal is critical in achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals as we need effective and inclusive public institutions that can deliver quality education and healthcare, fair economic policies and inclusive environmental protection. Why it Matters 1 in 6 women have experienced at least one incident of domestic violence 13th Australia ranks 13th on the International Corruption Perceptions 28% of people in prison are Indigenous Australians yet make up 3.3% of the population Why What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing Neighbourhood Houses and Centres are committed to reaching peace, justice and strong institutions through connecting with and referring community members to organisations that provide resources to people in need of legal and/or social assistance, such as Auspice other community organisations Community advocacy Community information/ Citizens Advice Bureau Grant writing support Referral (informal & formal) Our Targets What Our

  • Apply to receive tax deductible donation | Australian Neighbour

    Apply to receive tax deductible donations Donations are a great way for local businesses, community members and foundations to support the work of Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres. Donations can be used for a range of activities and opportunities including food relief, building an indigenous garden, equipment replacement, establishing a community play space, community festivals and events. There are many ways to develop a fundraising campaign, so it is important to consider the organisations needs and circumstances to develop a plan. How to run a successful fundraising campaign ​ For your Community or Neighbourhood House/Centre to be eligible to receive tax deductible donations of $20 or more from individuals and businesses, follow these steps: ​ Fill out ANHCA online application form Fill out the attached Donation agreement here. You will need to have two signatures on the last page of this agreement. Upload this agreement with your constitution, your latest financial statements and your committee/board membership with your online form. Alternatively, you can send all the documentation directly to jarrah@anhca.org Your application will then go to the DGR committee for approval. We will thereafter get in contact with you to confirm your Community or Neighbourhood House/Centre’s eligibility to receive tax deductible donations. ​ Once approved, if you have donors interested in supporting your Community and Neighbourhood House and Centre, ask them to fill out the ANHCA donation form online. ​ Frequently Asked Questions ​ What is the process for receiving tax deductible donations from individuals or businesses? ​ Apply and be accepted by the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive donations following the steps above. Let your supporters, local businesses and community members know your Neighbourhood House/Centre can receive tax deductible donations. Some of the ways you can promote your ability to receive tax deductible donations could be through your website, at special events, or launch a campaign to fund a specific event or purpose. Do not forget this needs to be in keeping with ANHCA’s purposes to qualify. Donors are required to fill out the online ANHCA Donation Form when they make a donation. This form is then sent to ANHCA via email (jarrah@anhca.org ). For more information see our Info for Donors page Donations are to be paid directly into the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR account. ANHCA will issue a tax deductible receipt to the donor for donations over $100. Information on all donations, including the project or organisation the donor has identified as their preferred recipient, presented to the DGR Committee to approve disbursement. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has determined a DGR grant-making body cannot provide assurances to a donor that it will comply with their request. If such an assurance is made, the donation would not qualify as a tax deductible gift. The ANHCA Public Fund Committee therefore retains full discretion on how it will distribute funds, and it is a legal requirement donors be informed of this. To date, all donations have been disbursed to the Neighbourhood House or Centre nominated by the donor. ​ Are Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations from individuals and businesses using the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR expected to provide reports to ANHCA? ​ We love to get photos and updates on how you are using donations, so please send them in. Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations of more than $1000 are encouraged to send a small report to donors and share this with us.

  • Applying for DGR grant funding | Australian Neighbour

    Applying for DGR Grant Funding Some philanthropic trusts and corporations offer grants, but they require DGR status. The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR enables Houses/ Centres to apply for these grants by submitting an application to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. ​ Once you have found a grant that you would like to apply for that requires DGR status, follow these steps: ​ Contact Jarrah Kelly on 0428 964 817 or email jarrah@anhca.org to discuss your application. Contact the grant maker to discuss your proposal and your intention to submit through ANHCA. Download and fill in the ANHCA Grant Application form Send your ANHCA grant application form with a copy of your constitution, your latest financial statement and a list of your current committee to jarrah@anhca.org Your application is then sent through to the DGR committee as they need to approve all grant applications made. Once approved, you will receive a letter outlining approval so it can be submitted with your application. PLEASE allow two weeks before the closing date of your grant application for us to complete our process.

  • Board Nominations | Australian Neighbour

    Member Representative and Committee Nomination Information Would you like to get involved with the governance of ANHCA? There are two ways you can get involved - as a state representative or as a committee member. These positions are open to anyone in the neighbourhood and community houses and centres sector. Member Representative ​ As a member representative you will represent one of the member states, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria. As a state representative you will be appointed to act as a member states representative where you will vote at general meetings and stand for election. Please find the application form on page 13. Committee Member ​ ANHCA's committee consists of up to eight members from each state, with specific roles as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary available. Please find the application form on page 14. Application document

  • Supporting Stronger Communities Grants

    Supporting Stronger Communities Grant Program ​ ​ We are proud to be partnering with Sidney Myer Fund to provide the S upporting Stronger Communities grants program. These grants provide up to $10,000 for Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres to tackle poverty and disadvantage in local communities. So far over 100 neighbourhood houses/centres across Australia have received them to deliver important initiatives. Read about them . ​ These grants are only available to Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres who are members of our state peak bodies . ​ The grants are aimed at towns or cities with a population of more than 15,000 people. If you are from an area with a smaller population, see Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Strengthening Rural Communities program. ​ The grants will take place across 3 rounds in 2023. We've uploaded two videos to assist you in your grant writing. Watch them here. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Stay tuned for the next round! ​ Register for the Info Session Download the 2023 Program Guidelines Download the Information about eligible Partnership arrangements Download the guide on Creating a Budget APPLY NOW ON SMARTY GRANTS!

  • SSC Training | Australian Neighbour

    Training for Grant Applications Emily, the ANHCA Grants officer has put together two videos that discuss eligibility factors and the assessment criteria that the panel consider when reading grant applications. Watch these videos to improve your application. Eligibility Factors Assessment Criteria

  • Our Members | Australian Neighbour

    ANHCA Members There are over 1,000 Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia, represented by six state peak bodies that make up the membership of ANHCA. ​ The shared vital elements of all houses and centres is that they provide a diverse and constantly evolving range of positive social, health, educational and economic outcomes for individuals, families and communities, particularly for those experiencing disadvantage. Community Centres South Australia (08) 8371 4622 info@communitycentressa.asn.au www.communitycentressa.asn.au ​ Linkwest (WA) (08) 6164 9823 office@linkwest.asn.au www.linkwest.asn.au ​ Local Community Services Association (NSW) (02) 9660 2044 admin@lcsansw.org.au www.lcsansw.org.au ​ Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania (03) 6228 6515 nht@nht.org.au www.nht.org.au ​ Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (03) 9602 1228 info@nhvic.org.au www.nhvic.org.au ​ ​ Neighbourhood Centres Queensland info@ncq.org.au www.ncq.org.au

  • Information for Houses & Centres | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Houses and Centres What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR (deductible gift recipient) tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. The listing of ANHCA Inc. for DGR Item 1 status in Division 30, section 30 -45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHC Public Fund are tax deductible. What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? An organisation that has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status can receive tax deductible gifts. An individual or business that makes a donation to an organisation with DGR status can deduct the amount of the donation from their taxable income, which means they pay less tax. Does the existence of the ANHCA Public fund for DGR mean that my House/ Centre has DGR status in its own right? No, the DGR status remains with ANHCA, which is why funding applications are lodged in ANHCA’s name and all donations and grants money must be paid through ANHCA to be issued with a tax receipt. Is there a cost to access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? An administrative charge of 5% is deducted from donations and grants. This charge contributes to the costs associated with administrating the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my Neighbourhood House/ Centre? Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres can now use the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive tax deductible donations and apply for funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations requiring DGR status. Is my Neighbourhood House/Centre eligible? To be eligible, your Neighbourhood House/ Centre must meet the following criteria: Be an organisation (as opposed to an individual) Be a financial member of the relevant State Peak Body Be a legal entity (ie an incorporated body) If the organisation is a network or peak body rather than a Neighbourhood House or Centre in its own right, it must apply funds to furthering or supporting the work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres Not have DGR status Do the funds have to align with ANHCA Constitution? Yes, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can legally only direct funds to other entities in furtherance of the purposes in ANHCA’s constitution. These are to: Contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia. ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres, including project-based support and general support. Does the ANHCA Public Fund mean Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can access salary packaging and other tax concessions? No. Salary packaging is only available for employees directly employed by a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is not a PBI and even if it were, it could not pass on additional tax incentives to other organisations. Who is involved with the administration of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? The fund is governed by the ANHCA Public Fund Committee, made up of representatives from the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons.’ Why do not all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have DGR status themselves rather than having to go through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Ideally, all Neighbourhood Houses/Centres should have DGR status in their own right. Some do – about 14% Australia-wide – but the majority who have applied for DGR status have been turned down from endorsement because the variety of services they provide do not fit into an existing DGR category. ANHCA has lobbied hard for many years to change the tax laws to include a general DGR category for Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. (See our Advocacy page ) What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy

  • Donate | Australian Neighbour

    Donations “Thank you to all Neighbourhood Houses. The dedication of staff and volunteers is second to none, changing lives every day.” Thank you for your interest in donating to our wonderful Neighbourhood Houses and Centres. ​ We accept and distribute donations on the behalf of States, Houses and Centres under our DGR Status. We also are able to accept donations for the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association as the peak body. Donate to a House or Centre Donate to ANHCA

  • Contact | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    Contact We would love to hear from you! Contact Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) today. ​ Contact: Jarrah Kelly, Project Support Specialist Email: jarrah@anhca.org Mobile: 0428 964 817

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