Grants Now Open

The FRRR/ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, which aims to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, is now accepting applications for a share of $250,000 in funding.

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The program is open for communities with few than 15,000 people.

This year applications are open to community groups in regions for projects aimed at:
1. Acting on environmental challenges and opportunities, recognising the relationship between healthy environments and social and economic prosperity;
2. Supporting lifelong learning, education and training, with a focus on fostering school engagement; or
3. Promoting community health and social wellbeing, with a focus on promoting community cohesion and engagement.

FRRR Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Egleton says the ANZ Seeds of Renewal grants are a great opportunity for community groups to seek the funding they need to make their ideas a reality.

“Rural communities know what needs to change to create opportunities and make their communities strong. This program is deliberately flexible and allows local leaders to seek funding for whatever will make their community prosperous. In the past, we’ve funded everything from creating educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, to public wi-fi infrastructure and the preservation and sharing of Indigenous history.”

Last year, Thallon Progress Association received a $10,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to improve visitor experience.

Signage, landscaping at the popular campground and an audit of social media activity were all undertaken to support increased tourism in the area.

This includes the Thallon Silos Mural and ‘William’, a giant sculpture of a critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat, which is indigenous to the area.

Also, this year Lenovo is lending its support, offering up to three Lenovo 13-inch Yoga 730 devices to eligible community projects, in lieu of cash grants.

This means community groups can apply for a cash grant or for IT equipment.

To apply, download the guidelines by visiting the ANZ Seeds of Renewal page and then apply online. Applications close 17 August 2018.