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ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Established in 2003, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program demonstrates ANZ’s ongoing commitment to shape a world where people and communities thrive.

The program focuses specifically on helping to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities and 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 12 ThinkPad L490 laptops valued at over $20,000 to eligible community projects. This means community groups can apply for a funding grant or for IT equipment.

Focus areas

This year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is 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

Initiatives and programs that support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness (including at-risk youth, older people or those escaping domestic violence) or programs that provide housing support and services for people living with disability.

Examples may include:

  • Improving disability access to community facilities;
  • Programs and initiatives for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness;
  • Improving accommodation facilities for people living with 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 2020 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 convert their ideas to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities into reality. Preference will be given to communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer, and those affected by the 2019/20 bushfires. This round funds projects starting in December 2020 and finishing by January 2022.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. Applications for the 2020 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.

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

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