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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 the donation of $20,000 of Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga devices to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.
This year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is focused upon supporting projects that align to one of ANZ’s three focus areas. Click on the headings for more information on each of these focus areas, and for examples of what could be funded:
1. Improving environmental sustainability
Supporting local causes to improve environmental sustainability practices, including initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation.
Examples may include:
- Educate local communities about the importance of environmental sustainability;
- Improve environmental standards within communities;
- Support or accelerate the adoption of better environmental practices;
- Encourage community participation at events or activities to improve environmental sustainability.
2. Improving financial wellbeing within the community
Supporting local programs and initiatives that improve financial wellbeing, particularly for under-represented and disadvantaged people in our community, including initiatives that improve economic participation, for example through building financial literacy and vocational skills and providing access to meaningful work.
Examples may include programs that:
- Build financial knowledge;
- Support job-readiness;
- Promote better financial behaviours and decision-making;
- Build financial confidence and wellbeing;
- Assist with financial goal-setting;
- Improve money management skills.
3. Improving access to housing
ANZ strongly supports initiatives that improve the availability of suitable and affordable housing options, and the development of infrastructure and property solutions that improve the quality of affordable housing options. ANZ Seeds of Renewal seeks to improve housing access through initiatives and programs that support those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or that provide supports for people living with a disability.
Examples may include:
- Improving accessibility to community facilities;
- Supporting programs and initiatives for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness;
- Improving housing facilities for people living with a disability;
- Encouraging community participation in initiatives to support those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
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 is now closed.
Applications are 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 January 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this process, please read the following documents:
- ANZ Seeds of Renewal - 2019 Program Guidelines
- Sample Application Form
- Grants Gateway How-To Guide
- Grants Gateway FAQs
- FRRR's Activity Tree
- Introduction to using the Activity Tree
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.
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If you have any queries, or wish to discuss your project first, please call 1800 170 020 during business hours.