Small grants to aid ‘grassroots’ social and economic development in regional and rural communities throughout Australia are available through our Seeds of Renewal partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
Since its inception seven years ago, Seeds of Renewal has provided in excess of $2 million in grants to more than 500 community projects in support of rural and regional Australia.
Seeds of Renewal focuses on communities identified as more vulnerable because of location, industry composition, demographic profile, skill mix and past economic performance.
This year, grants have been increased up to $15,000, from $10,000 in 2009, and are available to fund projects that create education and employment opportunities, build financial capability, help to bridge urban and rural social and economic gaps or support disaster recovery or preparedness.
FRRR Chief Executive Officer, Sylvia Admans said: “We are pleased the grants have been increased up to $15,000 this year. They will provide local projects with an extra boost they need to really make a difference to their communities.”
Speaking at the program launch, Warragul Fire Brigade fire-fighter, Tyler Hogan, told how the devastating effects of the Victorian Black Saturday fires in February 2009 had resulted in a large increase in volunteer fire-fighters and a need for training facilities.
“The 2009 Seeds of Renewal grant we received gave us the funds we needed to set up a training facility which is being used by the CFA to run courses for us as well as interbrigade training across the region,” Tyler said.
Also speaking at the program launch, ANZ Managing Director Retail Distribution, Mark Hand, said: “Initiatives that are identified and managed locally and designed to meet local needs have the best chance of delivering long-term economic and social benefits.”
“With more than a third of our branches located in rural and regional areas, we have a strong commitment to supporting social and economic development in rural communities,” Mark said.
ANZ Seeds of Renewal is open to not-for-profit organisations in communities with a population of 15,000 people or less. Applications close Friday 3 September 2010. Successful applicants will be notified in late October 2010.
We live in your world - August 2010