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ANZ Seeds of Renewal

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.
  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.

This year Lenovo is again supporting the program, with donations of ten Lenovo Yoga 730 devices to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.

Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing training opportunities to enable community members to build skills, increasing their capacity for employment or creating business opportunities.
  • Supporting programs that help develop micro-business or social enterprises that involve strong community engagement and help to create employment opportunities.

Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation;
  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups;
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups;
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.

While it is not part of the assessment of the grant applications, ANZ also welcomes information about any opportunities that may be available for ANZ staff to become involved in the project, by volunteering their time to assist rural and regional not-for-profit organisations.

If your organisation is located less than one hour’s drive from the closest ANZ branch and would be interested in hosting an ANZ regional staff member as a skilled volunteer, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Your organisation’s details will be passed onto the local ANZ Regional Executive if your organisation is successful in obtaining a grant.


The 2019 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program opens 2 July and closes 6 August.

Applications will be invited from not-for-profit community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate for projects that help community organisations to help convert their ideas to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities into reality, in communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer. This round funds projects starting in December 2019 and finishing by December 2020.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. Applications for the 2019 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get you started. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - ie. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

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For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea. There are also several tips on writing great grant applications on our website.

Case studies

"I can't emphasise enough just how valuable this project has been, and continues to be, to our community, and what a catalyst it has become for the vision to developing 'cultural tourism' as an alternate industry for our community."

Mary Brown, President - Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism Inc - ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Further information

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss your project first, please call 1800 170 020 during business hours.

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