Neighbourhood House Coordination Program

A neighbourhood house is where people can become involved in community events, find out about other services or activities in the area, join a class or support group or take up an activity for fun and enjoyment.

About the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program

The Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP) provides funding to over 350 neighbourhood houses and neighbourhood house networks across Victoria to:

1. Support the provision of community development programs and activities which lead to community-strengthening outcomes through:

  • Supporting diversity by promoting community participation and inclusion
  • Facilitating community development and capacity building in support of individuals and groups within communities
  • Supporting life-long learning opportunities for people to improve their training and employment pathways and community participation

2. Support community development processes to address locally identified priorities and needs through:

  • Community consultation
  • Development of agreed community responses to identified priorities and needs
  • Identification of partners and funding sources.
  • Neighbourhood house coordination program guidelines 2016 to 2019

    The Neighbourhood house coordination program guidelines 2016-2019 provide information to organisations funded under the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program.

    The guidelines explain:

    • Funding and reporting requirements
    • Governance arrangements
    • The roles and responsibilities of committees of management
    • Networks and coordinators.

    They also include a sector guide about how to implement a community development model of the program.

    All members of committees of management, coordinators and networkers are encouraged to read the guidelines to inform the operation of their neighbourhood house program.

  • About neighbourhood houses

    Neighbourhood houses are not-for-profit centres where people of all abilities, backgrounds and ages can come to:

    • Meet, talk and make friends
    • develop new skills, transition to work and further study, volunteer
    • become involved in community events
    • find out about other services or activities in the area
    • join a class or support group, or take up an activity for fun and enjoyment.

    Neighbourhood houses usually operate with income from low-cost activities and input from volunteers. Funding from other areas, including government grants, help the houses to provide a range of activities for their communities.