ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that 32 community projects across regional Australia have been selected to receive $255,000 of funding, as part of the 2014 Seeds of Renewal grants program.
Seeds of Renewal has been running for twelve years and aims to help build thriving communities in regional Australia by advancing education and employment opportunities. Including this year’s recipients ANZ has provided more than $3.5 million in grants to 708 projects, since the program with FRRR commenced in 2003.
ANZ’s technology partner, Lenovo, has also provided an additional eight projects with technology products worth almost $30,000.
Tania Motton, ANZ General Manager of Regional Business Banking, said Seeds of Renewal demonstrates the bank’s commitment to making a positive contribution to life in regional communities.
“ANZ has a long history of supporting people living and working in regional Australia. Each year we are impressed by the quality and range of grant applications that the program receives – from a holistic farm management course, to shelving for a mobile preschool, and a training course for young people with disabilities to obtain their learners driving licence. We are delighted that our funding helps to support the valuable work of all these organisations,” Ms Motton said.
Alexandra Gartmann, FRRR’s CEO said the funded projects will help build skills and capacity in regional communities, which is essential to developing sustainable economies.
“Rural and regional communities are adept at solving their own challenges, because they know what fits their social framework, culture and capacity. FRRR works with over 60 donors, while also using our wide industry network to support small projects in small towns across Australia to achieve great things for their local communities,” Ms Gartmann said.
Details of the 2014 Seeds of Renewal program recipients and their projects are attached to this release, and more information can be found on the FRRR website.