Celebrating 20 years in 2022, the program is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and has provided more than $5 million to more than 800 community groups to help build vibrant and sustainable communities.

This year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is offering a share of $250,000 to community organizations in remote, rural or regional locations for projects aligned with four priority areas:

  • Environmental sustainability: initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or contribute to reducing carbon emissions, water management and waste minimization;
  • Financialwelfare: especially for underrepresented and disadvantaged people in the community, including initiatives that improve economic participation. For example, developing financial literacy and job skills and providing access to meaningful work;
  • Access to housing: initiatives and programs that support people who are homeless or at risk or that offer support to people living with disabilities; Where
  • Projects that help local communities thrive.

Mark Bennett, ANZ’s Head of Agribusiness, said: “Now in its twentieth year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has provided hundreds of groups across regional and rural Australia with funds to carry out projects aimed at to help their communities thrive. We are incredibly proud of the partnership and the contribution it has made to regional Australia,” said Mr Bennett.

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said: “It has been a particularly challenging year for many rural communities, with the impacts of COVID in addition to fires, floods and drought. Programs like ANZ Seeds of Renewal offer funding to help local groups who are the backbone of their communities respond to local needs, issues and opportunities in ways that will help create stronger places to live and work,” said Ms. Egleton.

Last year, ANZ and FRRR awarded grants to 21 community groups for projects including: upgrading a facility that improves financial outcomes for Indigenous women and girls in Port Lincoln; improving community meeting space for people with disabilities in Atherton; and educating Coffs Harbor students about career opportunities in bee propagation and environmental sustainability.

Applications open on July 5 and close at 5:00 p.m. AEST, August 3, 2022.

A grant applicant the workshop will be held online from 1-2pm AEST, July 12, 2022.

For more information about ANZ Seeds of Renewal or to apply for a grant, visit The FRRR website.

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