Community groups can get $250,000 as part of ANZ Seeds of Renewal

Community groups across the North West can today apply for a share of $250,000 in national funding as part of the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program. Now in its 15th year, the program continues to support initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, ensuring the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

The 2017 program, launched by ANZ and the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR), and supported by Lenovo, seeks to identify and support projects that will deliver medium-to-long-term economic benefits to the community.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal has a proud history of supporting regional Australia, with $4.3 million invested by ANZ since 2003 to help 779 community groups achieve their goals.

ANZ State Head NSW, Regional Business Banking, Stuart Hancock said, “Seeds of Renewal provides a great opportunity for our bank to support local initiatives that have a positive impact on the broader community and help to make North West NSW an even better place to live and work.”

Community groups across the North West can today apply for a share of $250,000 in national funding as part of the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program. Now in its 15th year, the program continues to support initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, ensuring the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

The 2017 program, launched by ANZ and the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR), and supported by Lenovo, seeks to identify and support projects that will deliver medium-to-long-term economic benefits to the community.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal has a proud history of supporting regional Australia, with $4.3 million invested by ANZ since 2003 to help 779 community groups achieve their goals.

ANZ State Head NSW, Regional Business Banking, Stuart Hancock said, “Seeds of Renewal provides a great opportunity for our bank to support local initiatives that have a positive impact on the broader community and help to make North West NSW an even better place to live and work.”

In 2014, the Seeds of Renewal program funded a program of work coordinated by the North West Land Trust to upgrade the infrastructure at Calooma Station, 60km north of Bourke. Now completed, the Station runs education and training programs targeted at Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth, job seekers, juvenile justice detainees, school and university students, and community groups.

Trustee for the North West Land Trust, Jacqui Gilligan said, “The support of the Seeds of Renewal grant gave both the Calooma Station project and the broader community a huge boost. We’ve been able to develop new training activities for Bourke, build the confidence of a new Aboriginal organisation and grow new partnerships.”

Since inception, Seeds of Renewal grants have contributed to a variety of initiatives in communities of fewer than 15,000 people, including the construction and restoration of community facilities, education, training and mentoring programs, and the development of social enterprises.

FRRR Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Egleton said Seeds of Renewal grants often kick-start sustainable change within the community.

“A key focus of the program is to empower regional communities to build a strong and sustainable future for themselves. Last year alone, Seeds of Renewal funded 26 grant applications, contributing to the delivery of successful programs that upskilled and educated individuals and community groups – opening doors to new opportunities,” Ms Egleton said.

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