ANZ Seeds of Renewal recipients announced

$255,000 funding for 32 education and employment initiatives across Australia

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that 32 community projects across regional Australia have been selected to receive $255,000 of funding, as part of the 2014 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grants program.

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been running for twelve years and aims to help build thriving communities in regional Australia by advancing education and employment opportunities. Including this year’s recipients, ANZ has provided more than $3.5 million in grants to 708 projects, since the program with FRRR commenced in 2003.

ANZ’s technology partner, Lenovo, has also provided an additional eight projects with technology products worth almost $30,000.

Tania Motton, ANZ General Manager of Regional Business Banking said the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program demonstrates the bank’s commitment to making a positive contribution to life in regional communities.

“ANZ has a long history of supporting people living and working in regional Australia. Each year we are impressed by the quality and range of grant applications that the program receives – from a holistic farm management course, to shelving for a mobile preschool, and a training course for young people with disabilities to obtain their learner driving licence. We are delighted that our funding helps to support the valuable work of all these organisations,” Ms Motton said.

Alexandra Gartmann, FRRR’s CEO said the funded projects will help build skills and capacity in regional communities, which is essential to developing sustainable economies.

“Rural and regional communities are adept at solving their own challenges, because they know what fits their social framework, culture and capacity. FRRR works with over 60 donors, while also using our wide industry network to support small projects in small towns across Australia to achieve great things for their local communities,” Ms Gartmann said.

Details of the 2014 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program recipients are below.






Upper Lachlan Shire Council

Beating the Blues in the Bush

Workshops to deliver education about mental health issues and the development of a mental health-themed book, with 700 school children contributing positive stories.



Lifeskills Plus Inc

Driving to Employment Options

Establishing a regional training course to support young people with disabilities to secure their learner driver’s license.



Coonamble High School

A Shed to Get Ahead

Infrastructure to enhance facilities at an agricultural demonstration farm in a rural high school.



Northern Sydney Local Health District

P.A.R.T.Y Central Far West NSW

Five, one day, staged live trauma education events, engaging 250 remote youth, aimed at reducing road deaths and trauma injuries.

Bourke, Cobar, Narromine, Nyngan



In.scribe - Youth Street Art Mentoring

Three, eight week Youth Street Art Mentoring programs to engage 36 at-risk youth in arts education, skills development, and positive community engagement.

Byron Bay


Mid Coast Connect Inc

Care Connect

Training and work experience for 15 year 12 school leavers in a specialised entry-level program in aged care and disability services.



Gwydir District Mobile Preschool

Pretty Up the School

Shelving and seating for a very remote community mobile preschool, to enhance quality early childhood education experiences.



The Trustee For (TTF) North West Land Trust (NWLT)

Community Owned Rural Property Reinvigoration Project 

Building refurbishment to develop a culturally appropriate indigenous on-country training and residential education facility.



Boorowa Central School P&C Association

Seeds for the Future

High school curriculum extension to include agriculture, horticulture and business studies, enabling students to gain experience and qualifications in local employment areas and to increase student retention rates. 



Junee Community Centre Inc

Seeds for Junee

Development of a social enterprise that grows and sells local produce, to improve business skills and create employment prospects for disadvantaged community members.




Banatjarl Strongbala Wumin's Grup (Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services Inc)

Banatjarl Strongbala Wumin's Grup Cultural Awareness Training Package and Skills Development

Training package development and training delivery, including business management skills, to support women's employment opportunities and cultural awareness education.




Daintree Primary P&C Association

Connection Counts

Upgraded wireless technology to increase internet access for students and community members.



Yintjingga Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

Are We There Yet?

A five day field excursion to introduce 15 young people from a remote indigenous community to potential future employers and inspire them with the variety of career opportunities available.



Partners in Grain NSW VIC TAS - Goondiwindi Branch 

Nitty Gritty Facts on Your Figures

Two full day workshops to increase skills and confidence levels of farmers in making sound financial business decisions.

Goondiwindi & St George


Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association - Maranoa Branch

Breaking the Cycle

Seed funding for a new program, mentoring youth to help them gain their driver's licence to increase their employment prospects.



Central Burnett Landcare (CBL)

Happy Holistic

Holistic Farm Management course for 16 farmers to support lateral thinking, decision making, increased financial management skills and grazing management planning.




Barossa Lower North Futures Inc (BLNFI)

Mid North Garden Busters

Training and equipment for 10-15 unemployed youth to establish a garden maintenance business that will service Home and Community Care (HACC) clients.



Northern Volunteering SA Inc

OMG! Opportunity Means Growth!

Year long program linking disengaged youth with community organisations through volunteering, increasing the capacity of volunteer organisations to deliver services while supporting youth through accredited training and potential employment pathways. 



Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc

EP Business Builder

Twenty two-hour workshops to develop business training and skills for 280 small business owners, managers and staff, as well as 40 unemployed or underemployed community members.

Port Lincoln



Gnowangerup Community Resource Centre 

Getting Employment Ready

Three, full day courses to help 15 students become employment ready.



The Wirrpanda Foundation Limited 


Moorditij Marmum Cultural Workshops

Cultural education workshops and camp for 20 at-risk male Nyoongar youth to support them in reconnecting with culture, reducing risk taking and improving school attendance.

Wagin, Katanning & Gnowangerup


Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association 


Young Aboriginal People Become Cultural Trainers

Training for nine at-risk indigenous youth to work with their Elders and learn to teach cultural heritage, as well as participate in one of the community's few income generating enterprises.  



Enable Southwest Inc


Jumpstart Micro-Enterprise & Small Business Development Hub for Individuals with a Disability or Mental Health Illness

Supporting development of new small businesses by people with disabilities or mental illness.

Capel, Manjimup, Margaret River & Northcliffe


Esperance Local Enterprise Initiative Committee Inc

Growing Business in the Bush

Eighteen small business training workshops across Esperance, Norseman and Ravensthorpe to strengthen local employment and business skills capacity in the region.

Esperance, Ravensthorpe & Norseman



Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLC)

Grow Otways

Sustainable agriculture training to encourage regenerative practices and develop educational materials to distribute in the community.

Apollo Bay


Echuca Moama Toy Library Inc

Toy Stories

A variety of educational toys to ensure quality early childhood education resources are available to all children in the Echuca district.



Gippsland Community Radio Society Co-operative Limited 

NextGeN Media Project

Training and mentoring for up to 20 youth in media skills and preparing and presenting radio broadcasts to increase youth voice in Gippsland media.



Mulwala Public School P&C Association 

Out of School Hours Care 

Development of a new local out of school hours childcare program to support secure employment outcomes for parents.



Barnawartha Primary School Council 


Instrumental Music Program 

Instruments to sustain music program that increases confidence, performance skills and musical literacy in school children from a low socio-economic background.



Beulah Historical Learning and Progress Association

OURFood Town

Upgrade for the community accessible kitchen and registration as a Commercial Class 2 Food Premises to support local enterprise by selling goods produced in the kitchen.



Warracknabeal East Conservation Farmers (WECF)



Soil Moisture Monitoring Informs Crop Management Decisions East of Warracknabeal

Farmer education on local weather and soil moisture data gathering tools, to ensure better crop management decision making and sustainable farm businesses.




Appin Hall Children's Foundation

Reconnect Program

A six day educational immersion program for at-risk youth referred from the juvenile justice system, to support their transition back into the community.




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