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 2002, with the sole purpose of helping to build thriving communities in regional Australia. Since the program’s inception, ANZ has provided almost $4 million in grants to support 750 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).

Who can apply?

Not-for-profit community based organisations, with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate, that contribute to the development of education and employment opportunities within regional communities of 15,000 people or less.

Examples of suitable projects include those that:

Projects that focus on creating education and employment opportunities in local communities, building local capacity, increasing access to employment and developing greater participation are eligible for funding; and projects that have a demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community and foster community development will be highly regarded.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant, please read the guidelines and complete the application form available at Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website.

Applications open Tuesday, 26 July 2016 and close 5pm Friday, 26 August 2016. Applications must be received via email to, or clearly postmarked and mailed to:

FRRR, Seeds of Renewal
PO Box 41
Bendigo, Victoria

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 2015, ANZ Seeds of Renewal funded 35 community projects that focused on:

Case Study: Training and research opportunity for isolated aboriginal women to develop a social enterprise - Oodnadatta, SA

More than 1,000 km north of Adelaide, Oodnadatta (population 300) faces all the challenges that are commonplace in a community rated at the highest level of remoteness. High unemployment and low levels of education led the community to self-identify itself to be a part of a pilot Aboriginal Volunteer Program (AVP), run by Volunteering SA and NT. As a result of this partnership (which dates from 2012), indigenous volunteers have been working with local indigenous women to extensively renovate the town’s Women’s Shed for creative endeavors. Now the women aim to create a micro business at the Shed, making products to sell to tourists.

An FRRR/ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant of $10,000 supported exploration of their social enterprise concept so they could bring it to fruition. A group of Oodnadatta women and Indigenous volunteers visited a cluster of communities around Alice Springs to research successful boutique social enterprises; they learnt how to create and manage a social enterprise during a two day workshop; then purchased materials to create products. Once operational, the enterprise has the potential to bring additional income to individuals and families, increase community engagement and productivity and inspire the town’s younger generation.

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.