Grant round now closed

As part of Community Business Bureau’s commitment to building a stronger not for profit sector, we are proud to offer you the opportunity to apply for one of our Community Business Grants.

CBB is a not for profit social enterprise. This means that we reinvest our annual profits into developing our organisation and supporting the not for profit sector through the provision of grants and other initiatives. For more information about how we support the sector, click here.

Working with over 550 not for profit organisations across Australia, we see various trends and needs within the sector. In each grant round we will offer targeted solutions to support these common sector themes.

Previous round

Our current global environment is providing us all with a masterclass in VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  We are offering grants in the form of a 10 week online Working Mind program to provide individuals with knowledge, insights and practices to help you work effectively in uncertainty and complexity.  These skills can be implemented personally and then shared with the rest of your organisation to benefit your whole team.

The Working Mind Program has been developed by the Kalapa Academy in Europe and has a strong evidence base.  It provides insights into how we work and the neuroscience of attention, stress and decision making.  It explores resilient ways of thinking and working and is designed to support long term productive work practices.

In total there will be 20 grants which are available to organisations who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.  Any organisation registered with the ACNC or ORIC can nominate one person from their leadership or management team to take part.  Multiple applications for the same organisation are not permitted and program places cannot be transferred to another employee.

Applications closed at 1pm (ACST) on Friday 8 May 2020. The webinars will take place between June and September 2020.

This program is designed to build productive work practices, wellbeing and resilience.  If you have immediate mental health needs or are experiencing a personal crisis please contact Lifeline on 131 144 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.  You can call either number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Application process

Applications closed at 1pm (ACST) on Friday 8 May 2020.


The Working Mind program is designed to provide individuals with knowledge, insights and practices to help them live and work effectively in uncertainty and complexity.  It is based around mindful practices to assist participants in managing uncertainty and its associated anxiety.  It has been designed to:

  • Understand the importance of recovery time – calming space away from technology and information overload.
  • Help leaders build their self-awareness and self-management, so they can support and bring different ways of working to their teams.
  • Build connection and collaboration when working virtually.
  • Deepen the ability to listen deeply, build relationships and engage with a wide range of people across the sector and the community.
  • Support employee wellbeing with practices for managing stress.

Program scope

The program provides insights into how we work and the neuroscience of attention, stress, and decision making.  It is supported by mindful practices to develop participant awareness, and exercises to facilitate the application of learning directly into the workplace to support more effective decision making, collaboration and relationships. It provides the space to help leaders see their current patterns of thinking and work practices and how they impact their ability to work productively. It provides mindful support for lasting behavioural change.

The program is delivered in 10 weekly webinars over a 10 week period.  It is designed to reinforce learning and personal and workplace application through weekly sessions.

Week one: one and a half hour webinar

Week two to nine: one hour webinars

Week 10:  one and a half hour webinar

Evidence based approach

The Kalapa Leadership Academy designed and developed the WorkingMind program based on the neurophysiology of the brain and the research into the impacts of mindfulness on individual’s ability to react effectively to stress.

The program will be delivered by Kerrie Ashcroft.

Who is eligible to apply

Any organisation registered with the ACNC or ORIC can nominate one person from their leadership or management team to take part.  Multiple applications for the same organisation are not permitted.  You do not need to be an existing CBB client to apply.

Organisational criteria

  • Organisations must be registered as a charity with the ACNC or as an Indigenous Corporation with ORIC.
  • Organisations must have been operating for at least 12 months.
  • The majority of the organisation’s services must be delivered in Australia.
  • Organisations who have previously applied for or received a CBB grant are eligible to apply.

Other criteria

  • Successful applicants must be happy to acknowledge CBB as a sponsor of the initiative and provide information to CBB as to how the grant has assisted your organisation or the community you serve.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to participate in CBB’s marketing and community engagement in relation to the grant. You may be requested to provide a case study and to participate in activities such as podcasts, webinars, annual reports, videos or other marketing collateral.
  • Applications must be approved by the applicant organisation’s Chief Executive or Board Chair.

Other important information

  • Each grant is in the form of a free place on a mindfulness program.
  • The program will be delivered online.
  • Successful applicants do not receive a cash grant, nor will they be reimbursed for the value of any unused program activities.
  • Only one application can be made per organisation.


Due to the large number of applications received for CBB Community Business Grants, unfortunately we cannot take telephone enquiries.

Enquiries are to be made by email only to Every effort will be made to answer all email enquiries within two working days. Please allow for this response time when making your enquiry.

Before making an enquiry, please ensure you have read these guidelines carefully. Applications are welcome from organisations that meet the criteria outlined above.

Application guidelines

Your application must be submitted via the online application form on the CBB website. You will be required to provide CBB with details of your ACNC or ORIC registration.

Selection process

  • Online application forms must be completed by the closing date (1pm ACST on Friday 8 May 2020). CBB will then review all applications for best fit with our selection criteria. We will endeavour to award grants across a range of different organisation types and geographies.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by CBB within four weeks of the closing date.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within six weeks of the closing date. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received, we will be unable to provide specific feedback on the reasons why your application was unsuccessful.
  • Successful applicant/s are asked to publicly acknowledge receipt of the grant through such means as social media, organisational newsletter or website announcement, or otherwise as specified in the guidelines.
  • CBB’s decision is final.