Grants & scholarships

Winners announced: CBB 21for21 Community Development Program Grants

In celebration of Community Business Bureau’s (CBB) 21st birthday, we made available up to $21,000 of in‐kind consulting and business services to three not for profit organisations ($7,000 +GST per organisation). Congratulations to the following not for profit organisations who were successful in their applications:

Council on the Ageing (Victoria) – Leading from the Front grant winner

Council on the Ageing (Victoria) is the key state-wide organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Victorians. We will work with COTA to improve the capability and skills of its leaders, providing an objective assessment of its leaders followed by expert recommendations. Facilitated by our Senior HR Consultant Andrea Collett, the Leading from the Front grant includes:

  • Kick off meeting with the Chief Executive
  • Leadership workshop to identify their top five leadership imperatives
  • 360 survey designed for the COTA leadership team
  • 360 reviews with the COTA leadership team (up to a maximum of five)
  • Individual debrief and coaching discussion with each member of the leadership team
  • Feedback to the Chief Executive

If you think your organisation may benefit from a similar program, read more about our HR consulting solutions or get in touch with Andrea Collett to discuss your requirements.

Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation (Northern Territory) – Make Marketing Happen grant winner

Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation is a grassroots Aboriginal organisation creating opportunities for young people. Based in Alice Springs, NT, the organisation will benefit from the expertise of our marketing consulting team, who will deliver:

  •  A half-day branding workshop, delivered on-site to up to 12 participants
  •  A 12-month marketing plan, tailored to the organisation

If your organisation needs to make marketing happen, read more about our marketing consulting solutions, or contact Jane Arnott to explore how we can help your organisation stand out from the crowd.

Conservation SA (South Australia) – Finessing your Finances grant winner

The Conservation Council of South Australia (Conservation SA) is committed to protecting, restoring and conserving South Australia’s natural environment and advocating for a more sustainable future for South Australia. As the winner of the Finessing your Finances grant, Conservation SA will receive:

  • A Finance Healthcheck conducted by a CBB Senior Finance Consultant
  • Preparation of their annual budget – this will include preparing the budget and cashflow forecast, with mentoring in the process for key staff in the organisation and a framework for use in future years

If your finance function needs smoothing out, our financial and accounting services can help you get there. Contact Ron Yates to find out more.


Governor’s Leadership Foundation Keith Fulton Memorial Scholarship

Since 2004, CBB has been proud to offer a paid scholarship to community sector employees in South Australia who are keen to develop leadership skills through the GLF – a progressive and unique initiative that focuses future leaders on complex issues facing our state (offered through the Leader’s Institute of South Australia).

CBB supports staff from organisations who are unable to afford such a premium program through the provision of a full scholarship. Applications to participate in the GLF are administered by the Leader’s Institute of South Australia. Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 GLF scholarship:

Suzanne (Sue) Mitchell BCom CPA – Finance and Administration Manager at Surf Life Saving SA Inc.

Sue has considerable experience in finance and administration across a wide variety of industries including construction, aircraft maintenance, heavy transport and road freight, bakery supplies, vehicle dealerships and patent attorneys.

Born Suzanne Mitchell, daughter of Barry and Lorraine and older sister to Karen she grew up in a loving family and attended Banksia Park Primary and High Schools.  Gymnastics, youth leadership, and community service, along with service in the Australian Army Reserves, karate, and volunteering with The Special Olympics have all been influencers on the person she is today.

As well as a Bachelor of Commerce, Sue has qualifications in business practices and personnel and industrial relations.  She can best be described as a positive, resilient, honest person, a hard worker, a loving wife and mum, who is calm and strong when facing adversity. Someone who is constantly challenging herself to improve and grow.

Married to Paul, Sue has two boys, Scott and Ben and two Stepchildren, Jessica and Isaac, (dec’d). She holds a black belt in karate, relishes spending time with her family, including grandchildren, enjoys travelling, loves her dog, and relaxes with free motion quilting.

Lisa Howe, Senior Human Resources Advisor

During her career she has held various positions within HR across a diverse sector, including ASX listed companies, large multinationals, and most recently small not for profit. Her experience working across geographically dispersed sites has given her an appreciation for the challenges and strategies required to support teams working remotely.

Academically Lisa has chosen to study across both business and human resource disciplines. As a qualified trainer Lisa utilises these skills to work with people in a collaborative and supportive way.

Lisa is married and spends her time with her husband Brett and her twin step daughters. Lisa enjoys cooking and has been a keen supporter of local food co-ops and farmers market as a part of the ‘eat local’ food movement. Lisa has spent much time and energy learning about health and nutrition and is passionate about health and wellbeing as a preventative strategy to a happy and long life.

Lisa is recognised CAHRI member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) community and is a professional mentor to up and coming HR professionals.


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