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 Meg Drechsler 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


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 2018 GLF scholarship:

Doug Hicks

Doug is a human resource professional and hands on practitioner. He has previous military service with the Australian Army and worked for over 15 years in Human Resource Management.

Doug’s qualifications culminate with a Master of Business Administration. Throughout his career, he has developed the skills, training, qualifications, capability, motivation and importantly, the experience across a vast area of industries, and organisations, to assist companies achieve their best through their staff, by providing best practice HR support, services and leadership. Doug has a passion for community service and social justice.

Doug has been married for 32 years, has 2 adult daughters, enjoys (watching) cricket, rugby (both codes) and basketball. He likes to unwind with a cold beer and a good book.

Astrid Kuivasaari, General Manager – Resources at The Uniting Church Of South Australia

Astrid has twenty years of experience working across the private and public sector, ranging from commercial to not-for-profit environments with particular expertise in finance, strategy and corporate governance. She specialises in transforming dysfunctional and disparate departments to create cohesive and high performing teams with improved customer service, staff morale and results for her organisations.

For nine years she held the position of Finance Manager of The Memorial Hospital during a period of transformational change in the organisation. She is currently General Manager, Resources at The Uniting Church of South Australia.

Astrid is also an experienced Board Director and is currently a Director of Uniting Communities, a not-for-profit organisation advocating for, and delivering services to, vulnerable people to achieve a compassionate, respectful and just community in which all people participate and flourish. She is also on the board of Citicom and the Adelaide Theological Library.

Astrid is a mum to three school-aged children and is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction. To relax she watches crime dramas with her husband who is an author.


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