ANZ Seeds of Renewal 2015 – Creating education and employment opportunities to help build thriving communities
ANZ Seeds of Renewal is a grants program that has been running since 2003, with the sole purpose of building thriving communities in regional Australia. Since the program’s inception, ANZ has provided more than $3.5 million in grants to support 708 community projects.
The Seeds of Renewal program provides technology and/or funding grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations for projects focused on creating education and employment opportunities. Technology grants (laptops and tablets) are provided by ANZ’s technology supplier, Lenovo, and the program is independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
Who could apply?
Not-for-profit community based organisations that contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities within regional communities of 15,000 people or less. Organisations are required to have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
Examples of suitable projects
- Developing and distributing education materials in remote / isolated communities
- Purchasing IT equipment for community centres intended for educational purposes
- Programs that help individuals better prepare for employment.
Single grants will be made in amounts of up to $10,000.
How do I apply?
To apply for a grant, please download the application form available at Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website.
Applications open Wednesday, 1 July 2015 and close 5pm Wednesday, 12 August 2015. Applications must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or clearly postmarked and mailed to:
FRRR, Seeds of Renewal
PO Box 41
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.
In 2014, ANZ Seeds of Renewal funded 32 community projects including:
- Training courses to support young people with disabilities
- Education workshops to raise awareness for mental health
- Infrastructure to support a demonstration farm at a rural high school
- Wireless technology upgrade to improve internet access for students and the local community.
Case Study: Professional development workshops on business decision making – Goondiwindi and St George, QLD
In 2014 the not-for-profit organisation Partners in Grain (PING) was awarded a $7,500 Seeds of Renewal grant to deliver two professional development workshops in Goondiwindi and St George.
The workshops seek to address challenges in confidence faced by farming families around business decision making, particularly in relation to understanding and interpreting complex financial information. The workshops also help farmers plan how to recover and add value to their business following significant events such as drought.
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.