Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Applications are now open for ANZ’s Seeds of Renewal program, with grants of up to $15,000 available for not-for-profit organisations in remote, rural and regional areas to support the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

ANZ commits $250,000 to help rural and regional communities through Seeds of Renewal

Established in 2003 and administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the program has provided more than $5 million to more than 800 community groups to support local projects and help build vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities.

In 2021, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is offering a share of $250,000 to community organisations in remote, rural or regional locations for projects that improve:

  • Environmental sustainability: initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation
  • Financial wellbeing: particularly for under-represented and disadvantaged people in the community, including initiatives that improve economic participation. For example, building financial literacy and vocational skills and providing access to meaningful work
  • Housing access: initiatives and programs that support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness or that provide supports for people living with disability

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart said: “The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been providing grants to regional and rural Australia for nearly 20 years. Each year I look forward to seeing the difference the grants are able to make in these communities, many of which find it difficult to access the resources they need to grow, develop and prosper,” Ms Stewart said.

Last year, ANZ and FRRR provided grants to 26 community groups for projects including regenerating bushfire affected land in Kangaroo Island, crisis accommodation for at risk indigenous communities in Gunnedah and supporting the economic empowerment of refugees placed in Bendigo. These were some of the projects that shared in $250,000 cash, and a further $18,000 in IT equipment provided by ANZ’s technology partner Lenovo.

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said: “With the cumulative impacts of drought, fires, floods and COVID-19, raising funds locally is extremely challenging in smaller communities, so access to grants is more important than ever. We encourage community groups to consider the funding opportunity that Seeds of Renewal can provide to address local issues such as improving the facilities that are available locally. This aligns with the Housing access theme that seeks to enable people to live well in place, particularly people with a disability” Ms Egleton said.

Applications open on 8 July and close 5pm AEST, 11 August 2021.

Warddeken, an Aboriginal owned not-for-profit company, combines traditional ecological knowledge with Western science to manage and protect one of Australia’s most unique environments.

Warddeken daluk (women) rangers Theona Namarnyilk and Suzannah Nabulwad setting monitoring cameras.

Arnhem Land covers 97,000 sq km of the top end of the Northern Territory.

During the second half of the twentieth century, many Traditional Owners were encouraged to move away from either remote parts of Arnhem Land and join missions, or larger communities to search for more ‘traditional’ work opportunities.

As a result, many parts of the area were left without people and ‘Country was orphaned’ – the term used for land without its people.

Over a number of decades fine-scale fire management was replaced by raging yearly wildfires, feral animals and invasive plants severely impacting the native species.

The plants and animals that make up the local ecosystems had previously evolved to rely on Bininj (the Aboriginal people of Western Arnhem Land), however the disruption in traditional Indigenous land management diminished the ecosystem and led to plummeting numbers of small to medium–weight mammals. This included culturally important species like djabbo / northern quoll and bakkadji / black-footed tree-rat. Refugia, including rainforest patches shrunk and fresh-water places were destroyed.

Getting things back on track

Warddeken is an Aboriginal-owned, not-for-profit company that combines traditional ecological knowledge with Western science to manage and protect one of Australia’s most unique environments.

Warddeken operates out of the remote homeland communities of Kabulwarnamyo, Manmoyi and Mamadawerre in west Arnhem Land. Each year up to 180 Indigenous rangers work on a variety of projects including fire management and carbon abatement, invasive weed and feral animal control, rock art conservation, education and cultural heritage management. 

In 2010 Aboriginal Elders from the Warddeken and Djelk IPAs established the Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust to seek philanthropic sources of funding for land management and cultural projects.

Last year, they received a $15,000 Seeds of Renewal grant from ANZ and FRRR to help fund a network of cameras that look into the prevalence of djabbo (northern quoll) on the land to understand the impact of its own land management practices and programs on this priority mammal species.

Students in a classroom with their teacher learning about science.
Djabbo (Northern Quoll), an endangered species caught on camera in the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area.

Curbing the decline

Djabbo populations identified by the monitoring project are actively considered in annual early burning and wildfire suppression activities, and are targeted for further investigation for the purposes of building population resilience.

With meaningful involvement and employment of landowners and rangers, Warddeken will seek to define quoll and major predator feral cat population density and distribution to inform the design of predator suppression strategies if required.

Indigenous rangers, living and working on Country, are best placed to curb the decline in native biodiversity loss and improve habitat for future generations.

Rangers in West and Central Arnhem Land tirelessly blend Indigenous ecological knowledge and western science to control threats and help native species begin to thrive in their natural environment.

CEO of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust, Stacey Irving says “Warddeken’s vision is to have healthy people living and working on healthy country. The generous support of the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is helping rangers care for species like the Djabbo.’’

Terrah Guymala, Senior Warddeken Ranger adds, “When we, Bininj people, see animals, we get excited because they play a big role in our life through our ceremonies.

“This year we have seen lots of animals that we love, but we hope this number increases so we can physically show our children rather than relying on rock art to tell the stories,” Terrah says.

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart says the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been providing grants for important initiatives in regional and rural Australia for nearly 20 years.

“Each year I look forward to seeing the difference the grants are able to make in these communities, many of which find it difficult to access the resources they need to grow, develop and prosper,” she says.

Written by Karly Dwyer, ANZ

‘Inspiring a curious community’ is the vision of Peel Bright Minds. Working in Western Australia’s Peel region, the organisation is particularly focused on stimulating increased engagement in ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) activities, to foster a community that is positioned to up-skill and re-skill in the rapidly changing world and workforce. Population growth in the Peel region has been considerable in the past 10 years, driven by the mining boom, however the  unemployment rate is higher than average, and local research identified a mismatch between the career choices and attitudes of young people and those careers currently available.

Peel Bright Minds applied to the ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant program In conjunction with Regional Development Australia – Peel) to develop and promote a series of multimedia-based local employment success stories, to provide higher awareness of locally available career pathways and inspire local high school students.

Following focus group discussion with some local year 9 and 10’s, Peel Bright Minds selected five young local STEM professionals, storyboarded the films in collaboration with a local business, and conducted on location filming and interviews.

The five videos are available to view on YouTube, they are 2 – 3 minutes each and feature inspiring stories of the STEM journeys of town planner Sarah, Edutech business creator Sam, engineer Katie, pharmacist Brett, and Reece who works in protected species management.

The project launch event in Mandurah in November 2019 opened with a keynote from Prof. Lyn Beazley, former Chief Scientist of WA, and was attended by 49 community members. Project Co-ordinator, Sarah Curran Ragan, said the audience was engaged with the films and the Q and A’s with the films’ stars.

“The event was widely praised for being informative and uplifting and bringing a sense of pride to the community of Peel.”

The launch of the videos was promoted on local radio and shared widely on social media. A school’s pack has been developed to be used as a discussion prompt for teachers alongside the videos.

“The project has been very well received in the community. Peel Bright Minds could not have run the project without FRRR support. We have already made further plans to increase the films exposure in Peel schools, careers fair and other opportunities throughout Peel”

The videos will be shared through the Peel Bright Minds wide network of regional development and employment organisations across five local government areas, and Careers Advisers and Heads of Year in High Schools will be engaged to view the video with their students and discuss the stories and opportunities with them. The videos are expected to reach approximately 5,000 young people, educators and youth career influencers, contributing to the building of a highly skilled and high performing workforce, with fresh minds and innovative approaches to business for the Peel region.

17 November 2020: ANZ and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced 26 community groups across regional Australia will share $250,000 in grants.

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been running since 2003 and in 2020 the program specifically focussed on supporting groups running projects to address environmental sustainability, financial wellbeing and accessible housing initiatives in remote, rural and regional Australia.

ANZ’s technology partner Lenovo contributed more than $18,000 in IT equipment to five community groups, which was in addition to the money ANZ provided.

This year special consideration was given to projects that were in bushfire affected areas, with eight of the 26 grants awarded to groups in those regions.

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart said: “Australia’s regional, remote and rural communities have been hit particularly hard this year with the pandemic and the bushfires and we are proud of our track record in supporting them with these grants.

“The applicants show a real passion for their local communities and we are honoured to play a small part in helping these important projects come to fruition and make a positive impact to people’s lives,” Ms Stewart said.

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said it was inspiring to see so many groups finding innovative ways of practicing environmental sustainability in their communities and offering support to more vulnerable groups.

“The environment, housing equity and financial wellbeing, are national priority issues and are all critical to maintaining the social and economic vitality of rural Australia. It’s wonderful to partner with ANZ to provide this targeted support for local groups as they seek better ways for their communities to live,” Ms Egleton said.

Some of the locally-led projects funded this round include:

  • Community Maker Space – Plastics rePurposed – Berry Springs, NT – $15,000 – Build community capability to recycle and repurpose plastic to address the environmental issues.
  • Gunbower & District Development Group Inc – Gunbower Lions Park Wetlands Project – Gunbower, VIC – $12,700 – Improve the environmental sustainability of community facilities by enhancing the native vegetation and habitat.
  • Pambula Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc Environmental assessment for a healthy sustainable environment, and a fire-ready club and community – Pambula, NSW – $3,390 – Support community preparedness and environmental sustainability with review of habitat and use.
  • Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation- Responsive Emergency Accommodation Service – Gunnedah, NSW – $15,000 – Provide additional crisis accommodation support that enables the organisation to support those most in need and bring them back into systems for more permanent housing.
  • Sisterworks Inc – Remote Activities Project – Bendigo, VIC – $10,800 – Support the economic empowerment of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women in regional centres by addressing isolation issues.

The full list of recipients is below:

ApplicantsProject LocationGrant
Barnabas House Crisis Care Incorporated
Barnabas Community Garden and Composting Program
Build capability in program participants to improve environmental sustainability of community garden.
Pambula Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Environmental assessment for a healthy sustainable environment, and a fire-ready club and community.
Support community preparedness and environmental sustainability with review of habitat and use.
Pambula Beach$3,390
National Indigenous Culinary Institute LimitedMuswellbrook Skills for Success Program
Provide training and mentoring opportunities for indigenous youth at risk to develop skills for employment in hospitality and agriculture. 
Early Links Inclusion Support Service IncorporatedTeen Life Skills
Develop the life skills of young people who live with a disability to improve their independent living capability.  
Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal CorporationResponsive Emergency Accommodation Service
Support individual and community housing access with additional crisis accomodation options.  
Western Murray Land Improvement Group Incorporated
Laptop resources contributing to vibrant and sustainable communities in the mid-murray region.
Build community capacity for youth and seniors with 3 laptops to develop IT and Employment skills
Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural & Development Centre Inc
Work Readiness Support
Build capability with access to 2 laptops for youth who are training for employability. 
Weddin Landcare Steering Committee Incorporated

Setting the Weddin Community Native Nursery up for Success with a Lenovo Laptop
Build organisational capacity to enhance environmental sustainable practice at the Weddin Community Native Nursery
The trustee for Karrkad-Kandji TrustMayh Recovery Project – protecting culturally important species in west Arnhem Land
Improve organisational capacity to protect biodiversity by monitoring vulnerable habitats in Arnhem Land.
Berry Springs School Council IncPlastics rePurposed – Community Maker Space
Build community capability to recycle and repurpose plastic to address the environmental issues.
Berry Springs$15,000
Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation Pty Ltd
Life Skills Development Program for Families and Women distressed with Domestic Violence (DV) and Homelessness
Support individual and community financial wellbeing with lifeskills programs for vulnerable women and families.
Mossman Botanic GardenToday’s seeds for tomorrow’s trees – Identification, collection and propagation of locally-sourced tropical, lowland rainforest trees.
Build organisational capacity by developing capability in classifying and preserving native habitats.
Daintree National Park
The Creche and Kindergarten Association LimitedSupporting Environmental Sustainability at C&K Middlemount
Develop organisational capability to better manage and use water with a new irrigation system
Tablelands Regional CouncilTablelands Smarter with our Water
Support community education on water conservation for environmental sustainability through an engagement and training program.
LifeChanger Foundation LimitedLifeChanger Community Programs with Tree-planting (Tribe Event) Workshop Celebration Support individual and community wellbeing through engaging local mentors with youth to deliver environmental projects. Penneshaw, Kingscote, Pengilly$15,000
Wangaratta Community Toy Library
Recyclable Party Time
Enable sustainable environmental practice in the ommunity with the purchase of recyclable party ware for lending for childrens parties.
Barham-Koondrook Historical Society IncUpgrading a Community Multi-Purpose Facility
Build community resilience by supporting local residents to live well in place with upgraded community facilities. 
Western District Employment Access IncorporatedSolar Power Systems supporting employment equality at WDEA Works Social Enterprise – Nigretta Disability Employment
Strengthen environmental practices in disability enterprise spaces through solar power installations.
Gunbower & District Development Group Inc
Gunbower Lions Park Wetlands Project
Improve the environmental sustainability of community facilities by enhancing the native vegetation and habitat.
YWCA AustraliaMoney Savvy – Empowering young women in Broken Hill through financial literacy education
Build resilience of young women with a program to develop their financial literacy.
Broken Hill$15,000
Country Fire Authority – HeadofficeWoodend CFA Fire Resistant Garden Education Project
Build community resilience with education in fire resistant and sustainable species through a demonstration garden at the Woodend CFA Station.
Stanhope & District Development Committee Inc

Upgrading Computer and Printer Facilities
Build community capacity by upgrading public IT facilities to support education and personal use.
Cann River Community Centre IncIT  Upgrade
Build community capacity with public access to 2 laptops for personal tasks, education and employment seeking.
Cann River$5653
SisterWorks IncRemote Activities Project Support the economic empowerment of migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women in regional centres by addressing isolation issues.Bendigo$10,800
Bendigo Family and Financial Services IncBFFS Student Financial Resilience Program
Support the financial wellbeing of young people experiencing financial hardship through a program of emergency relief, case management and advocacy.
Karajarri Traditional Lands Association (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBCQuality Foundations for Indigenous Enterprise in Native Botanicals – Caring for Country through Sustainable Harvest Practices
Build organisational capability and implement environmentally sustainable practice to manage nature resources on country.
Karajarri Country

Applications are now open for ANZ’s Seeds of Renewal program, with grants of up to $15,000 available for not-for-profit organisations in rural areas to support the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

Established in 2003 and administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the program has provided more than $5 million to more than 800 community groups to support local projects and help build vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities. 

In 2020, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is offering a share of $250,000 to community organisations in regional locations for projects that improve:

  • Environmental sustainability: initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation;
  • Financial wellbeing: particularly for under-represented and disadvantaged people in the community, including initiatives that improve economic participation. For example, building financial literacy and vocational skills and providing access to meaningful work;
  • Housing access: initiatives and programs that support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness or that provide supports for people living with disability. 

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart said, “The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has supported hundreds of community-based, grassroots programs and initiatives that have created new opportunities for regional communities. It is truly humbling to see the difference these grants are able to make in rural and regional Australia,” Ms Stewart said. 

Last year, ANZ and FRRR provided grants to 25 community groups for projects ranging from saving an endangered bee species on Kangaroo Island to supporting young people at risk of homelessness in the Port Hedland region of Western Australia. These projects shared in $250,000 in cash, and a further $16,728 in IT equipment provided by ANZ’s technology partner Lenovo.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton said, “Rural and regional communities play such a vital role in the prosperity of Australia. Yet they face far greater economic inequity and limited housing opportunities compared to those living in the city. Additionally, rural areas are also often at the forefront of environmental disasters, like drought and bushfires. The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is a great opportunity to help address these challenges with locally-appropriate solutions. We look forward to seeing what inspirational ideas rural and regional communities put forward this year,” Ms Egleton said.

Applications open on Tuesday, 14 July and close Wednesday, 19 August 2020.

Bendigo, 3 December 2019: The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has today announced the 21 community groups that will share in $250,000 in grants through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

ANZ has contributed $250,000 in funds and in addition, its technology partner Lenovo has contributed more than $16,000 in IT equipment to four community groups. These grants will go towards building vibrant and sustainable rural communities and ensure regional Australia’s ongoing prosperity.

Now in its 17th round, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program will this year focus on helping communities in rural, regional and remote Australia address environmental sustainability, financial wellbeing and housing initiatives.

These three issues clearly resonated with small communities, with most applications coming from places with fewer than 3,000 residents.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton said that this program allows local leaders to apply for funding to support priorities they identify as important to their community.

“People living in rural and regional areas often wear multiple hats for their community. This round, we saw several groups looking for ways to build on their existing skills and knowledge to help them tackle key issues in their community – and several grants will do just that.

“Projects acting on environmental challenges and opportunities proved popular, with around a third of applications seeking support to create a greener, more sustainable future for their communities.

“There is a significant focus on the health of our planet at the moment, and so it’s not surprising that at a local level, communities are looking to do what they can to improve the health of the environment around them,” said Ms Egleton.

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart said that she was impressed by the ingenuity shown across the community groups.

“The creativity of the projects illustrates a genuine passion by local community groups to build and strengthen communities in rural, regional and remote Australia. Fundraising in smaller communities can be a hard task, so we’re pleased to be able to provide vital support that will help these local communities thrive,” Ms Stewart said.

Some of the locally-led projects funded this round include:

  • The Wheen Bee Foundation Limited – Bee Sanctuary – Saving Australia’s largest and iconic Green Carpenter bee on Kangaroo Island, SA – $15,000: Provide artificial nesting materials for the Green Carpenter bees on Kangaroo Island after their habitat was destroyed by fires in 2017. This is part of an interim conservation strategy to support threatened bee populations until the local native Banksia flora recovers to pre-bush fire levels.
  • The Shift Project Byron Inc – The Linen SHIFT, NSW $14,265: A laundry service that will provide training, employment and support to women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Funds requested will purchase an ironing roller to contribute to laundry operations.
  • Cocos (Keeling Islands) Shire Council – 58 Plants, WA $15,000: Re-establish a community garden space and refurbish an ageing nursery to propagate 200 native tree seedlings via cuttings or seeds. Established trees around the two islands will be labelled to assist with identification and community education of the native species. A series of educational sessions will be conducted with local school children engaging them in the propagation process.
  • Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd – Bush Business: Resilience, Growth and Connection, QLD $15,000: Free business workshops for 45 participants across three locations to build economic renewal and improve skills and capacity for local community members recently affected by drought and then flood.
  • Murray Human Services Inc – Design for Access and Mobility, VIC $13,200: Upgrade the ramp at Burke House, a residential service offering 24/7 care to up to six residents. The new ramp will be compliant with regulations, ensuring the facility meets contemporary standards, and is accessible to those with wheelchairs or other mobility issues.

The full list of grant recipients is below.


Project Title & Description




North Coast Community College Inc

Indigenous Land Management Employment Pathway
Strengthen economic participation and employment related activities for Aboriginal communities through the establishment of a training program to be run as a social enterprise.



OZ Green-Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia) Inc

Bellingen Riverwatch – A Pioneering Citizen Science Program and A Catalyst for Change
Develop environmental awareness and increase volunteer engagement by running an awareness raising campaign.



Sustaining the Williams Valley (SWV) Inc

REPAWA (Renewable Energy Paterson Allyn Williams Area)
Reduce the environmental footprint and increase the creative capacity of the district by establishing a Community Owned Renewable Energy Cooperative.



Tabourie Lake Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc

Tabourie Lake Waterwatch
Improve organisational capacity to deliver community-based environmental programs through the purchase of a water testing kit.

Lake Tabourie


The Shift Project Byron Inc

The Linen SHIFT
Improve health and financial well-being of women, whilst providing employment opportunities, through the purchase of equipment to establish a new social enterprise.

Byron Bay


Forbes Youth Action Team
Forbes Shire Council

Connecting the Youth of Forbes
Build organisational capacity to deliver computer-based vocational training and services through the purchase of IT equipment, improving young people’s ability to access online services and opportunities.




Ti Tree CRC Church Incorporated.

Ti Tree Accommodation Project
Increase availability of appropriate housing and reduce overcrowding in the remote Ti Tree community in Northern Territory through installation of a septic system in a new housing development.

Ti Tree



Central Burnett Landcare

Regenerating the Central Burnett
Improve sustainable farming practices while protecting the natural environment, through the delivery of workshops on regenerative agriculture.



Goondiwindi Aboriginal Corporation

Skilling Her…
Improve education, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal women, their families and the wider community through the delivery of an Employment Support program.



Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd

Bush Business: Resilience, Growth and Connection
Strengthen economic participation and community resilience through a small business program for drought affected communities.



Waggamba Landcare Group Inc

Skilling Her Enterprise
Build the capacity of rural Women by engaging in business training and employment related activities through a series of skill development workshops.




Jamestown Apex Club

Jamestown Community Irrigation
Strengthen environmental sustainability and community financial well-being through the development of a local irrigation system and the growing of crops, which will be sold to support local health and education initiatives.



Kimba Community Development Group Inc

Workshop26 – Supporting the volunteers to more effectively manage and operate Kimba’s Creative Quarter
Improve levels of financial participation and well-being in the local economy by establishing a shared retail / workshop / office space for local micro-businesses.



The Wheen Bee Foundation Limited

Bee Sanctuary – Saving Australia’s largest and iconic Green Carpenter bee on Kangaroo Island
Support local biodiversity and environmental sustainability through the provision of artificial nesting materials for Kangaroo Island’s Green Carpenter bees and raising community awareness of the importance of bees in the environment.

Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island


Willunga Environment Centre Inc

Citizen Science Tree Tagging Project
Improve local environmental outcomes by building a network of knowledgeable, engaged and skilled community volunteers.



Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Incorporated

IT for Pt Augusta Uni Hub
Deliver new educational opportunities to people living in the Spencer Gulf region, through the provision of IT equipment at the study hub to be established in Port Augusta in 2020.

Port Augusta



Bass Coast Landcare Network Inc

Building a sustainable Bass Coast through environmental activity days at the River Garden
Improve the quality and sustainability of the local environment through the delivery of a series of educational days for community members.



Committee for Drouin

Renewal of Trees of Nations
Increase environmental awareness and sustainability through the delivery of community-led works aimed at restoring and developing a local park.



Murray Human Services Inc

Design for Access and Mobility
Improve availability of accessible housing in Echuca through the upgrade of an access ramp at a local residential care facility.



Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority

On-ground Action for a Greener Brighter Future – Grow West Community Planting Day
Promote environmental health and sustainability by actively engaging community members in environment-based activities.




Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council

58 Plants
Improve the natural environment and amenity of the Cocos Islands through a replanting and educational program of activities involving the local community.

Cocos Keeling Islands – Home Island


The Liebe Group Inc

Encouraging Leadership and Learning for Regional Women
Increase capacity and knowledge of agribusiness and sustainable farming practices among regional women in the wheatbelt of WA through workshops at annual Field Day event.



Youth Involvement Council Inc

Housing for life
Support positive outcomes for young people at risk of homelessness in the Port Hedland region of WA through purchase of household items for a youth crisis accommodation facility.

Port and South Hedland


Avon Youth Community and Family Services

The Connecting the Dots Lifestyle Program
Reduce barriers to homelessness and build information technology skills among youth in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia through the provision of three laptops.



Country Music Club of Boyup Brook WA Inc

Make IT Happen
Improve the capacity and job readiness skills of volunteers supporting an annual country music festival in south west Western Australia through the three new computers.

Boyup Brook


Bendigo, 5 December 2018: The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that 27 community groups will share in $250,000 in community grants, plus a further $12,990 in IT equipment, through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

The funds donated by ANZ and the IT equipment provided by Lenovo will help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, ensuring regional Australia’s ongoing prosperity.

FRRR Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Egleton said the aim of the grants was to empower regional communities to build a strong and sustainable future, and to kick-start many of the great ideas that exist in regional and rural Australia.

“This year most requests were for funds to help purchase infrastructure and equipment, particularly IT equipment. Another strong theme was knowledge and skills development – from vocational skills that lead to employment opportunities, through to performing arts.

“The range of groups receiving funding is a great example of the diverse needs in rural, regional and remote communities, and reinforces why flexible programs like ANZ Seeds of Renewal are so important for building strong, vibrant and sustainable communities.”

ANZ General Manager of Business Banking, Isaac Rankin, said the program played an important role in supporting regional Australia, with $4.6 million invested by ANZ since 2003 to help more than 800 community groups achieve their goals.

“Many small communities rely on locally-led projects to engage community members and to provide a sense of place and inclusiveness,” Mr Rankin said.

“ANZ believes vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with facilities and programs that are accessible to everyone. We proudly support communities to innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver economic sustainability.”

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

Some of the locally-led projects funded this round include:

  • Arapiles Community Theatre Inc, VIC – $13,856 – By establishing a small recycling plant that converts used plastic items into material for 3D printers, the community of Natimuk will reduce its environmental impact, as well as support the local economy. The recycling plant, 3D printers and laser cutters will be part of a Maker’s Space where local artists and community members can produce art or functional items, such as replacement parts for agricultural equipment. Students at Natimuk Primary School will also learn about the challenges posed by plastic waste by exploring creative responses / solutions to the challenge.
  • The CAD Factory, NSW – $10,000 – 15 artists with learning disabilities will work with artists from five Riverina organisations to develop and present a professional two-day exhibition. This project will encourage inclusion and discussions about intellectually disabled artists and the cultural vibrancy that they bring to their regions.
  • Warwick Development Group Inc, QLD – $2,710 – This project will facilitate the third annual Bunya Festival, an event that invites non-Indigenous people to engage and learn from others from the Indigenous community and form ongoing relationships. The festival will include workshops on using fire for land management, dance, ecology, native fauna and native plant foods.
  • Keith Area School, SA – $9,677 – This school is establishing a farm to plate project, engaging students from foundation through to Year 12. Students will be involved in all aspects of the project from growing and cooking food to running a micro-business. Students will receive leadership opportunities and develop new skills, including horticulture, land management, food hygiene and budgeting.

The full list of grant recipients is below.





Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Co-operative Ltd

Computers for Meals on Wheels

Enhance organisational capcity through the acquisition of two Lenovo Yoga laptops.


Byron Youth Service Inc.

Cottage Connect

Improve service delivery for disadvantaged and at risk young people in Byron Shire through the purchase of five new computers.


Dunedoo Central Parents and Citizens Association

Growing Stronger Together

Increase community connection and support participation across the Dunedoo community through the creation of a community garden, outdoor yarning circle and an Indigenous art program for students.


The CAD Factory

YIELD – changing attitudes and access barriers faced by regional artists with intellectual disability

Supporting artists with learning disabilities to develop their skills through training and a final exhibition, that will encourage inclusion and discussions about intellectually disabled artists and the cultural vibrancy that they can bring to their regions.


Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Lands Council

Wanaruah IT Systems Management Project

Enhance organisational capacity of the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Lands Council through acquisition of two new computers, a laptop, three Microsoft Office licenses, product care and application development training for a staff member.



Artists of Ampilatwatja

Update IT for Art Centre

Build economic strength and sustainability of, and skills development within, this remote community, through purchase of IT equipment for use within the arts centre.


Shepherdson College

Trade Training Development Program

Promote community health, cohesion and engagement, through establishment of a community garden with shade-house, raised garden beds, repair café and community seating area.



Charters Towers Regional Men’s Shed Inc

Men’s Shed Expansion

Reduce isolation and encourage engagement through the construction of an awning at the Charters Towers Regional Men’s Shed.


Gympie District Show Society Inc

Gympie Show Registration Computers –  Capacity Increase

Build capacity of the Gympie District Show Society by acquiring three new Lenovo laptops to expedite the registration process for the annual Gympie Show.


Just Us Theatre Ensemble

Dare to Dream – tour and residency program in rural and remote Far North Queensland

Provide inspiration and skill development, whilst promoting self-confidence and community pride, in remote communities in Far North QLD through a 10 week Indigenous touring and theatre residency program.


Warwick Development Group Inc

Bunya Festival

Promote cultural awareness, education and cross-cultural engagement by holding an Indigenous-led festival and burning workshops in Warwick.



Berri Barmera Landcare

Educate, Participate, Protect and Conserve – Berri Barmera and Beyond

Improve organisational capacity to meet its stated aims and deliver community-based environmental programs through the acquisition of two Lenovo devices.


Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association Inc

Lenovo for Local Action – an IT upgrade to help GWLAP work on the ground

Improve organisational capacity to deliver environmental projects in collaboration with the local community, through the acquisition of three Lenovo devices.


Keith Area School

Farm to Plate

Strengthen educational outcomes for students through an extension of the school’s agriculture program involving the development of a gardening and cooking program that will be sustained by a micro-business selling fresh produce.


Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation

KWY Port Augusta Aboriginal Women’s Strength and Resilience Support program

Improve health, education, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal women, their families and the wider community through the delivery of a pilot program supporting the healing of intergenerational trauma caused by family and domestic violence.


The Beltana Progress Association Inc

Beltana Tourism Hub – Appreciating  the Flinders through history and art

Strengthen economic development and community resilience through the upgrade of an historic building for use as a gallery and function space, driving tourism and community engagement and participation.


Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group Inc

Uni Hub Spencer Gulf

Strengthen the local workforce and economy by supporting further education and life-long learning, through the development of a well-equipped university hub.



Jordan River Service Inc

Computers for Community

Build organisational capacity to deliver computer-based vocational training and services through an upgrade of IT equipment, improving the community’s ability to access online services and opportunities.



Arapiles Community Theatre Inc

Plastic Fantastic

Reduce the environmental footprint and increase the creative capacity of the town by establishing a small plastic recycling plant as a part of a makers space which is open to local artists and the community.


Bass Coast Adult Education Centre Inc

From The Ground Up!

Strengthen economic participation of migrant communities in the local economy through the establishment of a multi-cultural food hub to be run as a social enterprise.


Girgarre Development Group Inc.

Girgarre Green Thumbs Propagation Hub

Strengthen capacity to develop and support community initiatives by generating income through the building of a plant nursery and propagation facility.


Grow Lightly Connect Ltd

Grow the Growers

Improve food sustainability, economic resilience and community health outcomes through contracting a project officer to support a fresh produce growers’ network during a period of organisational expansion.



‘Walking Together’ 2019 Aboriginal On Country Gathering

Strengthen the capacity of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and philanthropy to work together to address challenges identified by the community as they move towards self-determination.



Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc

Out with the Old, in with the New!

Improve capacity of local environment group monitoring of weed control and disease management in highly significant biodiversity region, through IT upgrade and office furniture.


Friends of Pingelly Railway Station Inc.

Pingelly Station Restoration

Enhance community identity and strengthen the local economy through the restoration of the Pingelly Railway Station, creating a vibrant cultural hub for the local and tourist community.


Leschenault Catchment Council Inc

Seed Collection Equipment

Increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal community members and strengthen local conservation, through purchase of seed processing equipment for a seed collection social enterprise with a growing market.


Peel Bright Minds
Regional Development Australia Peel

Building local career aspirations in the Peel region

Build youth job seeker aspiration and promote employment pathways in the entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering arts and maths fields through five video productions of local youth employment success stories.


Bendigo, 18 January 2018: ANZ has announced the recipients of its 2017 Seeds of Renewal program, with 26 community organisations from across regional Australia set to share in more than $250,000 in funding.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Seeds of Renewal Program funded by ANZ, administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and supported by Lenovo, aims to encourage initiatives that help to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

Since 2003, Seeds of Renewal has provided over $4.5 million in grants to more than 800 community projects from across regional Australia. 

Commenting on the participating organisations, ANZ General Manager Business Banking, Isaac Rankin, said, “This year’s recipients demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit, passion and strong community collaboration that exist in regional Australia, and we’re proud to play a role in helping to ensure these communities continue to thrive.”

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said, “The innovative approaches to supporting the growth and the sustainability of rural and regional communities were extremely impressive, with applicants addressing issues as wide-ranging as pollution, community participation, tourism and infrastructure.”

Alice Springs based Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation will receive a $15,000 grant to support its work in capturing and documenting culturally significant information for future generations in video and audio form.

Commenting on the importance of its work, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation Community Engagement Coordinator, Cynthia Paton, said, “Across Central Australia there is a growing concern that Elders with strong cultural and complex language knowledge are not passing it down to younger generations.

“The grant will help ensure Indigenous youth have access to important cultural information, strengthening Indigenous community vibrancy and sustainability, as well as increasing wider community knowledge, understanding and respect for local Indigenous culture.”

The full list of recipients is below, or jump to state lists: NSW|NT|QLD|SA|TAS|VIC|WA




Amount Awarded


Dungog Information and Neighbourhood Centre

Bee Rapt Dungog
Help Dungog become plastic free through the purchase of sewing equipment to produce reusable fabric shopping bags and beeswax food wraps.



Steppin’ Out 4 Youth Inc

Empowering Youth to Grow!
Build employability amongst disengaged youth, and facilitate connections with business owners, in Leeton via an employment program.



Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) Inc

Southern Tablelands Tech Hub
Improve access to training for micro arts businesses in the Southern Tablelands through the purchase of laptops and internet for a mobile tech hub.

Binalong, Harden, Braidwood


Uarbry Hall Association Inc

Rebuild Uarbry Hall
Contribute to the replacement of the community hall lost in the St Ivan bushfire, enabling the community to have a public meeting space for community events and social gatherings.




Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Bush Tucker Stories
Enable local youth to record and share Elders’ stories, capturing vital culture and strengthening and sustaining community life in an extremely remote town.




Canvas Coworking Inc

AIM – Accelerating Innovative Mumpreneurs Regional and Rural Business Boot Camps
Start, grow and scale microenterprises through the delivery of business boot-camps for women across regional and remote areas of the Western Downs Regional Council. 



Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc

Care from Door to Door
Help to meet the demand for affordable medical transport assistance across the Cooloola Coast with the addition of another vehicle.

Tin Can Bay


Startup Gladstone Inc

Mount Larcom District’s Hi-Tech Early-preneur
Equip primary students with entrepreneurial and new technologies skills through a business building skills program at Ambrose State School.

Mt Larcom


Thallon Progress Assoc

Thallon Embracing Tourism
Improve visitor experiences in Thallon through the purchase of signage, new landscaping at the campground and an audit of social media activity.




Andamooka Progress & Opal Miners Assoc

From History to New Beginnings – Arts Re-Energising Andamooka
Create a range of opportunities for community participation in arts-based activitie, to establish cottage industries and enrich the local tourism experience.



Australian Migrant Resource Centre

Licenced to Drive
Support newly resettled migrants to participate in the local economy and community through a volunteer-run driver education and road safety program.

Border Town


Foodbank of South Australia Inc

Fruit Handling Equipment for Berri Warehouse
Enable efficient sorting and distribution of donated fruit and vegetables to welfare agencies and families in need through the purchase and installation of a fruit bin-tipper and conveyor belt.



Tumby Bay Progress Assoc Inc

Colour Tumby – Esplanade Free Public Wi-Fi project
Strengthen social connections and stimulate tourism through the purchase and installation of infrastructure to deliver free public Wi-Fi on the Tumby Bay esplanade.

Tumby Bay



The Unconformity Inc

Development of a Community Arts Hub in Queenstown
Stimulate the local arts sector and economy through an inclusive arts space for exhibitions, performances, workshops and meetings.




Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc

Nuts and Bolts
Enhance future employment opportunities and the ability to remain living locally by delivering a vocational training program to young people in Walwa via a rural services social enterprise.



Inverloch Jazz Festival Inc

25th Anniversary – Sharing Great Jazz
Enhance the quality of audience experience at the Inverloch Jazz Festival by hiring professional sound equipment.



The Reach Foundation

Changing Perceptions workshop in Robinvale
Improve students’ potential to succeed by delivering a series of workshops designed to build positive connections and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cohorts.




ABC Foundation

Don’t Let Your Crop Rot
Develop a social enterprise to increase local fresh food availability, local employment, and reduce food waste, through the purchase of a trailer and display / storage equipment.



Broome Aboriginal Media Assoc Aboriginal Corp

Bring our Radio Station into the 21st Century
Strengthen capacity of Indigenous and disabled volunteers, and media students, to broadcast culturally relevant local news, current affairs and music across the Kimberley region, via the upgrade of community radio station infrastructure.



Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Inc

Turning Good Ideas into Extraordinary Experiences
Strengthen regional economic growth and small tourism business capacity through a 12-week mentoring and skills development program, and a series of general tourism workshops. 

Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup, Bremer Bay


Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern (Shire of Broomehill – Tambellup)

Unearthing the Capability – Blooming in our Communities!
Develop skills, knowledge and capacity of local volunteer groups to successfully deliver local tourism events and attractions.

Various locations in SW WA


Pingrup Community Resource Centre

Pingrup Silo Trail
Create a cultural program that will stimulate local tourism and strengthen local community identity through murals, workshops and public events.



ANZ and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have today announced that $275,000 in community grants and Lenovo IT equipment (9 laptops and 1 tablet) were awarded to 29 community groups from across regional Australia, as part of the 2016 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program

Since being established in 2002, ANZ’s Seeds of Renewal program, which is administered by FRRR, has supported education and employment projects to help grow prosperous regional communities. In total, ANZ has now donated more than $4 million to 750 projects.

In 2016, more than 119 groups applied for grants, confirming the high level of need for education and employment initiatives in the bush. 

ANZ General Manager Regional Business Banking, Christine Linden said: “By focusing on education and employment projects, these grants will help empower community members with the knowledge and skills that are essential to help grow a strong rural community. 

“Every year, we are impressed by the innovation and desire that these local groups have for their community. They are all so enthusiastic about their town’s future, and how they can help it progress. This year’s applications, which included projects such as developing a local organic produce farm with community employment opportunities in Kings Canyon, NT and educational, cultural and ecological professional development for primary school teachers in Nowanup, WA hold these same values. We are thrilled to be able to help make these initiatives a reality,” she said. 

FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said: “This year’s projects will fund valuable programs which assist the growth of sustainable rural and regional economies. The grants offered through this program can help ease the pressure of fund-raising, and ensure that our rural communities continue to thrive.”

Technology company Lenovo has also donated IT equipment, giving recipients the chance to apply for laptops or tablets instead of a cash grant.

ANZ will also be working with some applicants, including those who were not successful this year, to identify volunteering opportunities for local staff.

The full list of grant recipients is below.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal – 2016





New South Wales

Bonalbo & District Community Hall Assoc Inc

Computer Literacy Basic Skills Base

Gain computer skills and confidence for computer illiterate residents by providing technology mentoring and tutoring.



North West Plains Sustainability Group Inc

People and Pastures for Prosperity

Improve local understanding of modern grazing techniques and build resilience during drought conditions for 18 local family grazing businesses by running a 12 month Lifetime Ewe Management Course.

Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri, Burren Junction, Cumborah, Come by Chance and Carinda


Singleton Council

Growing Local Tourism Talent

Strengthen the local economy and provide new opportunities and contacts by holding tourism information sessions, workshops and work placement programs for local community members wanting access into the industry.

Scone, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Denman, Merriwa and Aberdeen


Coolamon Shire Council

Big Dreams, Small Business

Provide skills and training for local community members to discover new sources of income through the facilitation of free micro-business and events management workshops while strengthening the local economy.



Playgroup Association of NSW Inc – Deniliquin Group

Playgroup Employment Links Program

Enable and provide playgroup volunteers with certification to seek paid employment.



Northern Territory

Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation

Hidden Valley Artists – Growing our Business

Support social enterprise expansion to create further arts and culture self-employment opportunities for Aboriginal women by developing project management, design and leadership skills.

Hidden Valley Town Camp


The Outback Spirit Foundation Inc

Kings Canyon Bush Tomato Project

Create local Aboriginal employment with unique connections to country and knowledge by improving infrastructure and expanding the Bushfoods Farm economic enterprise.

Kings Canyon



Napranum PAL Group Ltd

Reaching Out Through Innovation

Enhance educational knowledge and access for local tutors, families and parents in remote areas by developing a training package.



New Life Community Services Ltd

E-Hub Recycle Centre

Provide new skills and potential employment for local community members through the purchase of a plastics granulator at the E-hub recycling Centre.



The Development Academy Inc

Keystone Skills for Remote Leaders

Boost employment and training opportunities for local Aboriginal Communities by training five local mentors in Certificate IV Leadership and Management.



Toowoomba Clubhouse Assoc Inc

Regional Communities Job Ready Initiative

Improve skills, self-esteem, social connections and employment networks and prospects for jobseekers with mental illness or disability barriers through a four-week Job Ready Initiative.



South Australia

Milang and District Community Assoc Inc

Growing a Lakeside Garden Centre

Improve business diversification of the community-based nursery in response to changing local needs and priorities, through planning and training activities.



Limestone Coast Work Options Incorporated

Keeping Them Home

Increase employment opportunities and local care options for the elderly and disabled by supporting local community members to gain their Certificate III in Home & Community Services.




Glenhaven Family Care Inc

Employ-Me Experience Program

Improve skills and knowledge for unemployed community members by delivering a training program to develop their capacity to find work and successfully engage with the workforce.




The Growing Abundance Project


To build a viable local food system and a more resilient, connected and sustainable community, the Growing Abundance Project is establishing a social enterprise to generate income.



Bona Vista Primary School

Bright Bots – Robotics and Code Club

Supporting the local school students’ interest in science and technology through the purchase of electronic and robotics materials and equipment.

Bona Vista


Heyfield Community Resource Centre Inc

Ready Set Grow

Boost skills and capacity for local community members who are not engaged in education, training or employment, by offering training in hospitality and horticulture to gain employment or undertake further study.



Maffra & Districts Landcare Network

Growing Resilient Farms, Farmers and Rural Communities

Assist local farmers to build more resilient businesses through capacity building activities and workshops.



Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (A.C.R.E.)

Leading the Way with Social Enterprise

Enhance future economic participation and employment opportunities for local community members by providing an entrepreneurial skills development program for primary school students.



Cohuna Neighbourhood House Incorporated

Developing Skills For Dairy Kids

Support school leavers to engage in the workforce and achieve a level of economic independence, by providing work-related training options.



Stawell Neighbourhood House Inc

Job Ready in Stawell

Increase economic participation for disadvantaged community members by providing accredited employment training opportunities.



Western Australia

Beverley Community Resource Centre Inc

Customer Service and Local Knowledge Supports Small Town Economic Growth

Build knowledge and awareness of local and regional attractions, and grow regional economic capability, by training volunteers at the visitor centre.



Gondwana Link Ltd

Nowanup ‘Bush University’ Schools Program

Support and increase student engagement, stewardship and understanding of local indigenous culture through the implementation of Noongar-informed educational, cultural and ecological professional development for primary school teachers.



Kimberley Group Training

Hospitality Program – Unlocking the potential of Future Stars

Increase youth employment in the region by adopting culturally appropriate and nationally accredited pre-employment skills training for Indigenous youth in hospitality and tourism.



Pemberton District High School P&C Assoc

Paddock to Plate

Strengthen future aquaponics employment opportunities and increase science, technology and maths learning though by adding aquaculture equipment to the school’s agricultural and kitchen garden program.



South West Women’s Health & Information Centre

Woman – South West Western Australia

Create business opportunities for local producers of artisan products by training women in e-commerce sales via





Lenovo Grant Recipients




Value of Equipment

The World Incubator

Charters Towers Entrepreneurs Program

Laptops and tablets to support the delivery of entrepreneurial support, encouraging the diversification of the local economy.

Charters Towers, QLD


True Trails Community Programs Assoc Inc

Ride It!

Laptops to increase organisational capacity to deliver educational programs supporting disadvantaged locals, particularly children and young people.

Marion Bay, TAS


Gellibrand Community Group

Biz Know How

Laptops, enabling disadvantaged local residents to participate in small business training courses.

Gellibrand, VIC




Thirty-five grants to support education and employment initiatives

Bendigo 23 October, 2015: ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced 35 community groups from across regional Australia will share more than $275,000 as part of the 2015 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grants program.

Now in its thirteenth year, ANZ Seeds of Renewal aims to help build thriving communities by supporting education and employment projects. In 2015, 138 groups applied.

This year, technology company Lenovo also donated $30,000 of IT equipment giving applicants the chance to apply for laptops or tablets instead of a cash grant.

ANZ Regional Business Banking General Manager Christine Linden said: “Strong rural communities rely on smart, skilled community members. By focusing on education and employment projects, particularly for young people, these grants will help to build the foundations for rural communities to grow.

“We continue to be impressed with the ingenuity and passion that local groups have for building sturdier, more vibrant rural communities. This year’s applications, which included initiatives such as computer training for indigenous women in Tambellup and Kojonup in Western Australia and agricultural workshops for land holders in Queensland’s Mary Valley, continue that tradition. We are delighted to help bring these projects to fruition.”

In addition to these grants, the program will award an extra $25,000 to support the economic recovery of Winton, Queensland. The town has struggled since one of its key tourist attractions, the Waltzing Matilda Museum, was destroyed by fire. Details of these projects are still being finalised and will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRRR Chairman the Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC said: “The projects funded this year will continue to build skills and capacity in regional communities, which are essential to developing sustainable economies.

“Rural and regional communities are adept at solving their own challenges, because they know what suits their capacity and local culture. Small grants, like those awarded through this program, are vital funding injections into communities where fund-raising is really challenging. This year nearly 60 per cent of applications came from towns with fewer than 5,000 people, which shows small communities highly value this kind of support.”

Since 2001, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has distributed more than $4 million in grants to 750 projects.

Grant recipients





New South Wales

Into IT Sapphire Coast (Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre Limited)

Significantly Boosting the Nascent Tech Sector in Far South Coast NSW

Purchase equipment for monthly coding nights in Eden, encouraging community members to experiment and build skills capacity in the ICT and Knowledge Service field, providing increased career options and industry seeding.



Cooma UC Inc

Distance with Assistance – Degree Expansion at the CUC

Enable entryway to ‘Distance with Assistance’ degrees currently being offered, by delivering a university preparation pathway course for locals, reducing distance barriers to education.



SteppinOut4Youth Inc

SteppinUp and SteppinOut Skills Connection Program

Provide job attainment training for 10 disengaged youth, providing them with work placement and mentoring through local businesses, supporting increased employment.



Moree Secondary College P&C Association

Healthy Bodies, Guru Gardeners

Trial a dietician-led nutrition education program, increasing students’ capacity to better manage and improve their health.



North Haven Public School P&C

Robo Tech

Purchase additional robotics and computer equipment to cater for growing participation in the school’s Robotics Club, leading to increased engagement in, and enthusiasm for, STEM education.

North Haven


Scotts Head Community Group

Trading Skills for Life

Delivering Certificate II in Construction to disadvantaged Aboriginal youth, boosting skills capacity and potential employment pathways, as well as enhancing community infrastructure.

Scotts Head


Bruie Plains Landcare Group

Building Resilient Farms, Farmers and Regional Communities

Delivery of a 16 day Holistic Grazing Management Course for landholders, restoring natural landscape and biodiversity as a result of practical, field-based instruction.



Young Neighbourhood Centre Inc

My Life, My Dreams

Running a lifeskills program for disadvantaged women, enhancing self-esteem, confidence and employability capacity.



Northern Territory

Waltja Tjutangku Playapayi Corp

Tjuguringanyi (Joining Together)

Purchasing communications resources to promote the benefits of boarding school to community members, increasing the uptake of high school education.

Mount Liebig



Community Services Tablelands Inc

Rural Operations, Leadership and Education (ROLE) Program

Run a 10 week training and ag-focused work placement for 10 disadvantaged and/or disengaged youth, increasing work readiness, work experience and employment prospects.



Tablelands Rape & Incest Crisis Centre

Safe Hands – Early Childhood Protective Behaviours Education

Develop and deliver Protective Behaviour Education training for early childhood educators and children, increasing reporting of sexual assault, and sexual assault prevention.



Burdekin Shire Youth Council (Burdekin Shire Council)

Don’t Need Drinks to Dance

Run alcohol and drug free dance workshops and a community youth dance, increasing education around the harmful effects of substance abuse.



Cooyar State School P&C Association

Get Reading, Get Active

Purchase reading resources to provide students with increased access to quality reading materials, improving literacy levels.



Central Highlands Science Centre Inc

Super Science Workshops – School Holidays Science Education Program for Country Kids

Develop and deliver 16 Super Science school holiday workshops across four towns, increasing knowledge and enthusiasm for science in primary school students.

Emerald, Capella, Springwater and Blackwater



Mary Valley Country Harvest Cooperative

Mary Valley Summer School for Farmers

Deliver 16 workshops over two days, improving agricultural practices for new and existing landholders in the Mary Valley.



Maranoa Regional Landcare Association Inc

Holistic Management Implementation Mastery

Run Holistic Land Management training, improving local water cycle and drought/flood mitigation knowledge.



South Australia

Volunteering SA and NT Inc

Oodnadatta Arts and Crafts Collective

Conduct research with, and deliver training to, isolated aboriginal women to develop a social enterprise, increasing employment, community participation and skills development.



Paddle Steamer Ruby Board of Management (Wentworth Shire Council)

Cruise into Training to Renew your Employment

Provide General Purpose Hands training for eight volunteers, increasing tourism skills capacity and viability of community owned tourist attraction, as well as increasing economic activity in the town.




Exeter High School Association Inc

Bridging the Gap Between School and Industry – From Food to Fibre

Purchase a minibus to support the school’s agriculture program, exposing students to employer expectations, employment potential and networks, and on the job practical experience.



Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Can you Dig It?

Design, construct and plant a community vegetable garden, supporting skills sharing and healthier eating behaviours.




Living Culture Together Network (Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc)

Culture through Curriculum

Develop an innovative new Year 7 teaching unit using indigenous pedagogy framework, aimed at decreasing disengagement and early school leavers.



Wycheproof Community Resource Centre

Buloke Youth Health Expo

Develop and run a youth health expo that brings together 200 youth, increasing education around health and safe lifestyle choices and improving communication skills.



Advocacy and Rights Centre Limited

Legal Literacy for New and Emerging Communities

Purchase a projector, screen, computer and translation software, supporting more effective delivery of community legal education sessions to a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.



Bendigo Community Health Services Limited

Time to Save your Bacon – Hope and Assistance Local Tradies

Host seven ‘Save Your Bacon Brekkys’ for tradies, increasing education and awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention.

Dunolly, Maryborough, Serpentine and Pyramid Hill



Just Brass (TTF the Salvation Army Victoria Property Trust)

Just Brass Bellarine Peninsula

Purchase musical instruments, stands, books and bags for a disadvantaged primary students’ music program, increasing student focus, sense of belonging, strengthened socialisation, and greater classroom performance.



Robinvale District Health Service

Keeping Kids Connected – Community Garden

Design and construct a community garden at the local P-12 College, strengthening curriculum development, engaging students and delivering accredited Certificate training.



Western Australia

Green Skills Inc

Gondwana Youth Arts Exchange

Engage science, ecology and arts focused practitioners in a practical education program for 15 at-risk students, expanding local opportunities to engage in education.



Great Southern Institute of Technology

Healthy Computing

Cover teacher fees, travel, and computer hire to deliver practical onsite computer training for 20 women in two Aboriginal communities, enabling access to online health information, personal empowerment and skills sharing within the communities.

Kojonup and Tambellup


FORM Building a State of Creativity Inc

West End Markets – Stall Holder Development Program

Support six business based workshops for creative micro and market businesses, increasing their capacity and strengthening non-mining employment opportunities.

Port Hedland


Creating a Better Yuna Inc

Yuna Get Smart

Purchase audio visual equipment for new community centre, increasing access to quality training delivery mechanisms, attracting a wider variety of presenters and participants and ensuring digital content access.



Lenovo grant recipients





New South Wales

Alstonville Community Preschool Inc

Connecting to Community

Provide the new preschool which opens next year with IT equipment to enable digital education for the 40 children attending the school.



Western Riverina Arts Inc

The Leeton Laptop Orchestra

Provide a digital music workshop for five young people with an interest in electronic music techniques, culminating in a public performance. The project will be repeated in at least three other communities, increasing digital music making education opportunities for young musicians in the region.



Mullaley Public School Parents and Citizens Association

MPS Smart

Purchase five laptops for 12 Grade 2 and 3 students so they can have access to and experience technology and improve their learning. They will also be used in the after-school program.




Desert Uplands Build-Up & Development Strategy Committee Inc

Catch a Lenovo in the Desert

Upgrade outdated equipment and assist remote land managers with weed control and soil erosion prevention.




Nhill Neighbourhood House Learning Centre Inc

Paw-Po – Community Enterprise

Self-paced online learning modules on English and business skills for 30-50 culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) learners to improve migrant and refugee training opportunities and pathways to employment for students.