ANZ Seeds of Renewal - Creating education and employment opportunities to help build thriving communities
Seeds of Renewal is a grant program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia. Since it started in 2003, Seeds of Renewal has provided more than $3 million in grants to over 635 community projects.
The program provides grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations for projects focused on creating education and employment opportunities. The grants are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) which delivers a number of grant programs across regional Australia.
Who could apply?
- Not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate
- Projects located in a population of 15,000 people or less
- If schools are applying, it is preferred that the application comes from the Parent and Citizens Committee
- Applications from local community groups
- Projects that demonstrate community support (either in kind or from other funding support).
What could be funded?
Projects which focus on creating education and employment opportunities in local communities.
Some examples of suitable projects include:
- Developing and implementing programs which help to address issues of attendance in schools or expand curriculum on offer
- Development of facilities or equipment for educational purposes (from early childhood learning through to adult education)
- Provision of certified training courses at local community centres
- Supporting programs that help people to prepare for employment or return to education
- Supporting programs which help people to learn new skills and knowledge such as mentoring, structured networking opportunities or professional development (these could be virtually or in person)
- Developing micro-business or social enterprises which help to create employment.
How do I apply?
To apply for a grant, please download the application form available from the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website.
The closing date is 5pm, 12 August 2013. Applications must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or clearly postmarked and mailed to FRRR, Seeds of Renewal, PO Box 41, Bendigo Vic 3552.
ANZ in the Community
Seeds of Renewal demonstrates ANZ's 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 including MoneyMinded, MoneyBusiness and Saver Plus. For more information about these programs please visit ANZ in the community.
In 2012, Seeds of Renewal funded 35 community projects which include:
- Nationally accredited training in business, Information, Digital Media and Technology to young rural women
- Revamped a disused nursery to establish a safe workspace to deliver accredited training to disengaged and special needs youth
- Specialist equipment purchased to use in teaching Hospitality and Automotive Repair to students and the broader community
- Financial literacy training to low income residents and migrant workers
- Professional development and mentoring to small business owners.
Getting grease on your hands - Derwent Valley, TAS
The Derwent Valley Community House has been working hard to find activities to engage young people in their local community, which is 30 minutes drive or a 50 minute bus trip from Hobart. After consulting with the Beacon Foundation and the local High School, they identified that youth have a strong interest in mechanics. The Community House recently established a Community Shed and they received $9,705 in funding through Seeds of Renewal to establish an automotive training section.
As a result, 42 young people will receive basic training and mentoring in automotive repair skills at the Community Shed. The mentoring and training in automotive skills provides opportunities for community involvement and a structured recreational activity.
For more information visit your local ANZ branch or ANZ Business Centre. Alternatively, you can visit the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website or contact them on 1800 170 020.