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Noosa Shire Council

Support for Not-for-Profit Groups Support for Not-for-Profit Groups

Noosa Council’s Community Development Department provides a range of services for Not-for-Profit groups and organisations in our community including:

  • Providing grants and assistance with grant applications
  • Facilitating grants workshops
  • Support and advocacy for community groups
  • Maintenance assistance for Council’s assets used by community groups
  • Linking community groups together for partnerships and efficiency
  • A quarterly e-news with resources, news, and opportunities called Noosa’s Community Connections

Council is committed to supporting community based organisations by providing useful tips and information with good governance models that can improve business practices.

Incorporation

Need assistance with incorporation? - Contact The Office of Fair Trading to set up an incorporated association. It also provides information on responsibilities once incorporated, and forms and fees and how to run the incorporated association, financial responsibilities for incorporated associations and even closing down an incorporated association here

Planning

Planning is a critical part of good governance and serves as a compass for the direction of an organisation’s future. The key components of planning include an understanding of the organisation’s vision, mission, values and strategies. There are a number of templates and websites that can assist:

Health check

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing offers an online self-assessment tool aimed at helping sports clubs examine how they are operating. The Health Check  should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Insurance

Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) is a specialist insurance provider established in consultation with Local Government Australia to manage insurance needs of clubs, associations and community groups within Australia. LCIS aims to assist not for profit organisations that meet the following characteristics:

  • Provide services to the broader community
  • Have a turnover / funding of up to $5 million per annum
  • Do not distribute profits to members
  • Consist mainly of volunteers

Click hereto find out more or to see examples of the type of community groups eligible for cover.

Resources about Queensland laws for Queensland organisations

Not-for-profit Law regularly runs webinars on a variety of topics that affect community organisations. 

Free Training Opportunities

Queensland Government’s FREE online training opportunities through the department's Building Active Communities Workshops program is now available.  Online courses available are Committee Management, Financial Management, Volunteer Management, Marketing and Promotion and Fundraising, Grants and Sponsorship. 
More details and registration.

Sports Field Audit Forum

A sports turf consultant has audited sports fields around Noosa Shire. In July Council hosted a forum as a chance for sporting clubs to ask questions about how best to manage their fields. Find out more here.

The Independent Turf Consultant gave this presentation [7000KB] to the sporting clubs.