SEEDS OF RENEWAL 2017

Helping to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities

ANZ Seeds of Renewal is a grants program designed to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

The program provides small grants of up to $15,000, or technology equipment, to community organisations to help convert their ideas and ambition to build a vibrant and sustainable community into reality. ANZ's technology supplier, Lenovo will once again provide technology equipment.

The program is independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), which manages a number of grant programs across rural, regional and remote Australia. FRRR works in partnership with philanthropy, government and business to strengthen these communities.

Now in its 15th year, the Seeds of Renewal program demonstrates ANZ’s ongoing commitment to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Since 2003, the program has provided $4.3m to support 779 community groups achieve their goals.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from not-for-profit, community based organisations (with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate), including social enterprises, who will deliver projects with a demonstrable medium to long term benefit to a regional community of 15,000 people or less.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant, visit the FRRR website (www.frrr.org.au) to access the guidelines and application form. Applications open on Tuesday 4th July, 2017 and close on Friday 4th August, 2017.

Case Study: Jumpstarting Micro-Enterprise in WA

Enable Southwest Inc. in WA runs the JUMPSTART Micro-Enterprise & Small Business Development Hub for Individuals with a disability or mental health illness. JUMPSTART is an enterprise support hub that gives people the opportunity to develop, operate and possibly own a business.

An ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant of $10,000 helped kick start this project. An information day was held for potential clients, support staff, family and members of other disability support organisations where JUMPSTART explained how the business ideas would be tested and developed and what training would be available for participants. Following the information and training days, 10 trading businesses or micro-enterprises have been developed, including a coffee service, plant nursery and corporate massage therapy practice.

Other examples of suitable projects include ones that:

For more information visit your local ANZ branch or ANZ Business Centre, visit www.frrr.org.au or contact FRRR at seeds@frrr.org.au or free call 1800 170 020.

ANZ in the Community

In addition to the Seeds of Renewal Program, ANZ also offers three free financial education programs in Australia - MoneyMinded, MoneyBusiness and Saver Plus - to build financial inclusion and capability in the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit www.anz.com/about-us/corporate-sustainability/community/investing.