Seeds of Renewal 2016 - Helping build vibrant, sustainable rural communities through education and employment opportunities

Seeds of Renewal is a grants program supported by ANZ that has been running since 2003, with the sole purpose of helping to build thriving communities in regional Australia. Since the program's inception, ANZ has provided more than $4 million in grants to support 772 community projects.

The Seeds of Renewal program provides technology or funding grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects focused on creating education and employment opportunities. Technology grants (laptops and/or tablets) are provided by ANZ’s technology supplier, Lenovo, and the program is independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The 2016 Seeds of Renewal Program is now closed; the program will reopen in mid-2017. For more information visit your local ANZ branch or ANZ Business Centre, Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website or contact FRRR on 1800 170 020.

This Year's Recipients (2016)

In 2016, $275,000 in community grants and Lenovo IT equipment (9 laptops and 1 tablet) were awarded. ANZ Seeds of Renewal funded 29 community projects that focused on:

Congratulations to the following community recipients who received up to $15,000 or Lenovo IT equipment towards their projects.

Seeds of Renewal Grants
Organisation Project Location
Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

Hidden Valley Artists - Growing our Business

Project management, design and leadership expertise to support social enterprise expansion, creating further arts and culture self-employment opportunities for Aboriginal women.

Alice Springs, NT
The Outback Spirit Foundation Inc

Kings Canyon Bush Tomato Project

Infrastructure to expand new economic enterprise, a bushfoods farm, producing indigenous bush tomato crops for an established national market, creating local Aboriginal employment with unique connections to country and knowledge.

Kings Canyon, NT
Napranum PAL Group Ltd

Reaching Out Through Innovation

Development of a training package, enhancing educational knowledge and access for local tutors, families and parents in remote areas.

Weipa, QLD
New Life Community Services Ltd

E-Hub Recycle Centre

Purchase of plastics granulator for E-Hub Recycling Centre, recycling used plastic into 3D printer filament and providing new skills and potential employment to community members.

Sarina, QLD
The Development Academy Inc

Keystone Skills for Remote Leaders

Delivery of Certificate IV in Leadership and Management for five local training mentors, enhancing their knowledge and service provision of vital employment and training opportunities for the local Aboriginal communities.

Mount Isa, QLD
Toowoomba Clubhouse Assoc Inc

Regional Communities Job Ready Initiative

Delivery of a 4-week Job Ready Initiative for jobseekers with mental illness or disability barriers, improving skills, self-esteem, social connections and employment networks and prospects.

Toowoomba, QLD
Bonalbo & District Community Hall Assoc Inc

Computer Literacy Basic Skills Base

Providing a technology mentoring and tutoring program for the computer illiterate, giving participants the skills and confidence to access basic online services, with the potential to expand their online abilities.

Bonalbo, NSW
North West Plains Sustainability Group Inc

People and Pastures for Prosperity

Delivery of 12 month Lifetime Ewe Management Course for 18 local family grazing businesses, improving farmers’ understanding of modern grazing techniques to enable them to prosper during and after drought conditions.

Walgett, NSW
Singleton Council

Growing Local Tourism Talent

The provision of tourism information sessions, workshops and a work placement program, strengthening and diversifying the local economy and providing opportunities and contacts for those wishing to enter the industry.

Singleton, NSW
Coolamon Shire Council

Big Dreams, Small Business

Facilitation of free workshops on beginning micro businesses and running community events, providing skills and training for the community to discover new sources of income while strengthening the local economy.

Coolamon, NSW
Playgroup Association of NSW Inc - Deniliquin Group

Playgroup Employment Links Program

The certification of six playgroup volunteers, providing them with an avenue to paid employment.

Deniliquin, NSW
The Growing Abundance Project


Establish Greengage, a social enterprise, generating income to support The Growing Abundance Project which seeks to build a viable local food system and a more resilient, connected and sustainable community.

Castlemaine, VIC
Bona Vista Primary School

Bright Bots - Robotics and Code Club

Purchase of electronic and robotics materials and equipment for use by children participating in an after-school Code Club, developing and supporting their interest in science and technology.

Bona Vista, VIC
Heyfield Community Resource Centre Inc

Ready Set Grow

Provision of training in hospitality and horticulture, enabling local community members who are not engaged in education, training or employment to build their skills and capacity to gain employment or undertake further study.

Heyfield, VIC
Maffra & Districts Landcare Network

Growing Resilient Farms, Farmers and Rural Communities

Deliver a series of capacity building activities, enabling local farmers to build more resilient businesses.

Maffra, VIC
Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (A.C.R.E.)

Leading the Way With Social Enterprise

Deliver an entrepreneurial skills development program for primary school students, enhancing future economic participation and employment opportunities for local people.

Beechworth, VIC
Cohuna Neighbourhood House Incorporated

Developing Skills For Dairy Kids

Provision of work-related training options for school leavers, increasing their capacity to engage in the workforce and achieve a level of economic independence from families which are struggling financially.

Cohuna, VIC
Stawell Neighbourhood House Inc

Job Ready in Stawell

Design and delivery of pre-accredited employment training, increasing economic participation by some of the more disadvantaged members of the community.

Stawell, VIC
Glenhaven Family Care Inc

Employ-Me Experience Program

Deliver a training program to people who lack the skills and knowledge to seek employment, increasing economic participation by developing their capacity to find work and successfully engage with the workforce.

Devonport, TAS
Milang and District Community Assoc Inc

Growing a Lakeside Garden Centre

Planning and training activities, enabling business diversification of a community-based nursery in response to changing local needs and priorities.

Milang, SA
Limestone Coast Work Options Incorporated

Keeping Them Home

Deliver Certificate III training in Home & Community Services, increasing employment opportunities and local care options for the elderly and disabled.

Naracoorte, SA
Beverley Community Resource Centre Inc

Customer Service and Local Knowledge Supports Small Town Economic Growth

Training for visitor centre volunteers, building knowledge and awareness of local and regional attractions and tourism products, growing regional economic capability.

Beverly, WA
Gondwana Link Ltd

Nowanup 'Bush University' Schools Program

Noongar-informed educational, cultural and ecological professional development for primary school teachers, supporting increased student engagement, stewardship and understanding of local indigenous culture and ecology.

Nowanup, WA
Kimberley Group Training

Hospitality Program - Unlocking the potential of Future Stars

Culturally appropriate, nationally accredited, pre-employment skills training for Indigenous youth in the hospitality and tourism industry, increasing youth employment in the region.

Kununurra, WA
Pemberton District High School P&C Assoc

Paddock to Plate

Equipment facilitating expansion of successful agricultural and kitchen garden program to include aquaculture, increasing science, technology and maths learning and strengthening future aquaponics employment opportunities.

Pemberton, WA
South West Womens Health & Information Centre

Woman - South West Western Australia

Training women in developing web based sales on the site, creating business opportunities for locally produced artesian products.

Bunbury, WA
Lenovo IT Products
Organisation Project Location
The World Incubator

Charters Towers Entrepreneurs Program

Laptops and tablets to support the delivery of entrepreneurial support, encouraging the diversification of the local economy.

Charters Towers, QLD
Gellibrand Community Group

Biz Know How

Laptops, enabling disadvantaged local residents to participate in small business training courses.

Gellibrand, VIC
True Trails Community Programs Assoc Inc

Ride It!

Laptops to increase organisational capacity to deliver educational programs supporting disadvantaged locals, particularly children and young people.

Marion Bay, TAS

ANZ in the Community

The longstanding Seeds of Renewal program demonstrates ANZ’s ongoing commitment to making a difference in regional Australia. ANZ employees actively support their local communities through a wide range of activities including volunteering and fundraising. ANZ is also committed to a range of financial literacy and inclusion programs, such as MoneyMinded, MoneyBusiness and Saver Plus. For more information about these programs please visit ANZ community.