We thought it was all going well…. and then snap!   Lockdown 7.  Everyone is doing it tough at the moment, but please be assured that assistance is out there. The Neighbourhood Centre has listed some great offers  here – all you need to do is apply.   DNC is closed during this lockdow, but if you need them urgently, you can message them through their FB page or send an email to admin@dncentre.org.au.

$250 Power Saving Bonus:   During these tough times, it’s great to know there are avenues of financial assistance available.  DNC is currently offering assistance to those who may not be be in a position  to apply for the $250 Power Saving Bonus.   Eligibility Criteria apply to receive the bonus, but if you fit the criteria and need help with your application, simply call the Centre to make an appointment.   They need an original copy of your power bill as well as your Centrelink CRN number.    Appointments for this service are available on Tuesdays 2-3pm and  Thursdays 11-1pm

NILS Loan Scheme:  Another avenue of financial assistance is the newly launched NILS Scheme.    Neighbourhood Houses Victoria have partnered with the Good Shepherd Oranisation to provide “No Interest” loans to people who may need to borrow up to $1500 for essential everyday items. These loans are provided with no charges and no interest.  If you would like to register for a No-Interest loan, go to www.nhvic.org.au/nils and follow the prompts.

FREE Financial Counselling  – Advice for Small Business
Are you a rural or regional small business owner navigating challenges related to financial stress or operating after drought, bushfire, storms or COVID19?  The RFCS (Rural Financial Counselling Service) is a confidential, independent, local and free professional service that can assist you. The RFCS can help you to:

  • Gain a clearer understanding of your financial position,
  • Identify all options and opportunities available to you,
  • Access grants, concessional loans and government support,
  • Negotiate with suppliers and financial or insurance providers, and
  • Plan for the next months and for the future.

More information at www.rfcsvictoriawest.com.au or call them on  1300 735 578.  A small business financial counsellor can meet you at your place of business, one of their local offices or another convenient location.   This business has the support of the State and Federal Governments.