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National grant program to encourage resilience among Australian not-for-profits

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Jane Arnott hopes to encourage resilience with CBB's programs

The Community Business Bureau (CBB) has reinforced its commitment to the not-for-profit sector by announcing funded business model resilience consulting support as part of its successful Community Business Grants program.

The opportunity is expected to be welcome news for the nation’s not-for-profit organisations, who continue to experience significantly disrupted income streams and activities.

CBB General Manager Consulting and Business Services, Jane Arnott said it was critical to get behind the not-for-profit sector and work with organisations so they can adapt and thrive in the months and years ahead.

In a media release, Arnott stressed the importance of having not-for-profit organisations understand that the decisions they make and resilience strategies put in place will be absolutely critical for their future success.

“This grant opportunity allows organisations to work with CBB’s sector-leading business consultants to analyse the various components of their business model, such as key partners, activities, resources and revenue streams, identify potential vulnerabilities, and develop strategies which address those vulnerabilities and maximise future growth opportunities,” Arnott said.

The pro-bono consulting support will include workshops and business model development, as well as potential for training and capacity building.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides salary packaging and business consulting services to over 600 organisations nationally, CBB’s Community Development Program assists community organisations to strengthen their social impact to ultimately deliver better community services and supports.

The Community Business Grants provide organisations with opportunities to develop the strong business skills needed to ensure they are more sustainable, create a bigger social impact and ultimately do more for their communities.

Any organisation registered with the ACNC or ORIC can apply for the Community Business Grants.

In addition to reinvesting annual surplus into supporting and strengthening the NFP sector through grants and other development initiatives, CBB develops tailored solutions designed to address current and emerging trends and sector needs. The organisation also provides ATO-approved salary packaging services to employees of eligible not for profit organisations, who can see as much as 15% increase in their take-home pay.

This opportunity will be followed by another grant round due to open on 1 February, which has been designed to assist organisations to provide more NDIS services across Australia, particularly in regional, remote, rural, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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