Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
FRRR and ANZ have awarded $250,000 in grants to 22 regional community groups and not-for-profit organisations through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.
The 2021 program supported remote, rural and regional communities across Australia to: improve their town’s environmental sustainability; increase financial wellbeing in communities, particularly those with disadvantaged or minority groups; or improve housing access for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness or for people living with a disability.
Jenefer Stewart, ANZ General Manager Business Banking said: “Every year, we are impressed by the innovation and desire that these local groups have for the long-term stability and sustainability of their communities.
“Over the past 20 years ANZ Seeds of Renewal has helped more than 800 community groups bring local projects to life and it’s a program we are really proud of,” Ms Stewart said.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that these grants will give communities a much-needed boost by funding initiatives that will help to build vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities.
“Thanks to our long-standing partnership with ANZ, we are able to fund projects that we know will make a big difference to small communities. Over the last 18 months the impacts of drought, fires, floods and COVID-19 have challenged the capacity of communities and the not-for-profit organisations that support them to thrive.
“Gaining access to this funding will make a huge difference for these local organisations and their communities. The grants will allow them to implement initiatives that will address pressing issues and support their communities to experience better environmental, financial wellbeing and social outcomes in a time when they need it the most,” Ms Egleton said.
Since being established in 2003, ANZ Seeds of Renewal has awarded $5.25 million to more than 800 projects.
Some examples of the 22 projects funded this year include:
- Agrifood Industry Training Advisory Body Ltd – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Bee Futures Environmental and Food Security Showcase – $12,100 – Educating students on career opportunities in bee propagation and environmental sustainability through two hands-on showcases.
- Yarredi Services Incorporated – Port Lincoln, SA – Women’s Wellbeing and Safety Hub Study Centre – $5,184 – Improve financial outcomes for indigenous women and girls by upgrading a facility to deliver programs.
- Anam Cara House Colac Inc – Colac, VIC – Supporting South West Victoria’s Most Vulnerable – $15,000 – Improving quality of life and increasing access to care for elderly people and those who are vulnerable to homelessness by extending available respite support.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
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|Agrifood Industry Training Advisory Body Ltd||Bee Futures Environmental and Food Security Showcase|
Educating students on career opportunities in bee propagation and environmental sustainability through two hands on showcases.
|Baradine Preschool Incorporated||Baradine Preschool - Daycare Provision|
Enable community financial wellbeing through access to local childcare facilities to support working parents.
|PlantingSeeds Projects||The Bathurst B&B Highway |
Foster environmental sustainability in communities by delivering biodiversity education and planting projects in the Bathurst region.
|RED (Realising Every Dream) Inc||Money Mates |
Boost job readiness of people living with a disability in the Lismore, Richmond Valley and Kyogle regions by providing professional upskilling and mentoring programs over a 12 months period.
|The Shift Project Byron Incorporated||Ngali Design Initiative |
Create employment opportunities for women vulnerable to homelessness through supporting a social enterprise producing indigenous designed furnishing.
|UCA - Life Line Macarthur||Financial Counselling |
Improve access to financial counselling through additional hours and promotion of services in small communities.
|The Trustee for Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust||Mayh Recovery Project - Protecting Culturally Important Species in West Arnhem Land|
Protect and preserve culturally important species through supporting land management in Arnhem Land.
|Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group Inc||“Seeding” a Community Landcare Nursery |
Boost environmental sustainability by developing environmental standards to develop a native plant nursery for the Condamine Headwaters region.
|Tableland Community Link Asssociation Incorporated||Tableland Community Link Associated Incorporated - "The Grove" - Extension|
Improve facilities to provide an inspired community meeting space for people with a disability.
|The South Burnett Pantry Inc||Food Hampers for 250|
Help alleviate poverty through the provision of food hampers.
|Yarredi Services Incorporated||Women's Wellbeing and Safety Hub Study Centre |
Create a safe environment where Indigenous women and girls can access a range of services to improve financial outcomes at Yarredi Services' "Women's Wellbeing and Safety Hub".
|Anam Cara House Colac Inc||Supporting South West Victoria's Most Vulnerable - Those with Chronic Illness and Housing Vulnerability to Live Their Lives in Safety and with Dignity|
Improving quality of life and increasing access to care for elderly people vulnerable to homelessness through extending available respite support.
|Health Futures Australia Ltd||SHIFT Young Growers for our Future |
Build capability to enable agriculture employment for young people.
|Progressing Cobden Inc||Sustainable Economic Recovery and Growth for Cobden - Stage 2 |
Supporting economic recovery through implementing strategies to develop tourism and support business in Cobden.
|Terang RSL Sub Branch||Installation of 13.32kWp Solar Panels |
Increase cost efficiency to support community facility with installation of solar panels.
|The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation Inc||The Post COVID19 Western Victorian Aboriginal Tutorial Program|
Improve educational outcomes for indigenous children impacted by Covid-19 through literacy support.
|The Old Colonists Association of Victoria||Net Zero Carbon Retirement Community |
Improve environmental sustainability by supporting a retirement community to achieve net zero emissions.
|Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc||Protection of Native Flora and Fauna through Installation of Waste Management Measures|
Improve environmental standards within the community by protecting native flora and fauna through installation of waste management measures.
|Woorndoo Land Protection Group||Surveying and Diversifying Significant and Restored Native Vegetation in the Woorndoo District, South West Victoria|
Improve environmental standards with drone survey and community revegetation planting project.
|Yarra Valley Ecoss Inc||Crops for Community to Market |
Supporting local programs and initiatives that improve financial wellbeing through training all abilities volunteers for community market operations.
|Zoe Support Australia||Little Sprouts Op Shop & Café |
Support volunteer run social enterprise operations to improve women and children's life outcomes by funding the retail shop space.
|York Branch Wildflower Society of WA Wildflower Society of Western Australia Inc||Environmental Discovery Centre Equipment |
Boost organisational capacity through the provision of information technology equipment and software.