Seeds of renewal grants available for community groups

The Development Academy in Mount Isa shared in $275,000 in grants from Seeds of Renewal in 2017.
The Development Academy in Mount Isa shared in $275,000 in grants from Seeds of Renewal in 2017.

North Queensland community groups can 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 supports initiatives 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 demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefits to the community.

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

ANZ Regional Executive for North Queensland, John King, said North Queensland has been impacted by a long period of economic downturn.

“So it’s important that we partner with organisations that specifically work in supporting remote communities to prosper,” Mr King said.

We partner with organisations that support remote communities to prosper

John King

“We look forward to receiving applications from the many fantastic organisations in our community that strive to create a positive impact locally.”

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-started 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,” Ms Egleton said.

“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.”

Applications are open to August 4 at the FRRR website.