Neighbourhood House Coordination Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) funds a number of Neighbourhood Houses through the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP). You can find the funding guidelines here.  For the funding period 2012 - 2015 some changes have been made to the guidelines, for more information the changes please refer to the NHCP Guidelines FAQs

There are new reporting requirements for Neighbourhood Houses in receipt of NHCP funding, please refer to this new reporting requirements FAQ for more information.

Neighbourhood Houses are required to report on the period up until the 30 June 2012 using the following:

DHS NHCP Declaration 2011-12
DHS NHCP Progress Report Template Jan - June 2012


Neighbourhood Houses are able to apply for grants which require DGR funding through the Neighbourhood House's DGR Fund administered by ANHCA (Australian Neighbourhood House and Centres Association). 


Funding opportunities are shared with the network through the network's e-newsletter and Facebook page. Other useful sources of funding opportunities include:

ANHLC e-bulletin – sent to all members weekly
Our Community Easy Grants newsletter - you can subscribe for $55 a year and receive a very comprehensive monthly newsletter with a vast array of grant opportunities.

Corporate social responsibility

Many corporations are looking for opportunities to support and engage with the community. This can take many forms, some examples are: staff volunteering for a working bee at a Neighbourhood House, providing their surplus office furniture for free or providing expertise in specialist areas such as human resources or information technology.


A list of useful demographics to help you when applying for funding, putting together a business case or in community needs analysis.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data

Each Local Government Area (LGA) has local demographic data on their website based on the ABS census data. The data can be viewed by the LGA as a whole or filtered by suburb or area.







Research into how effective hubs are in terms of delivering quality community outcomes has been undertaken by the ANHLC and compiled into a report which has great data to use in funding submissions for infrastructure.