The program, launched by ANZ and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) focuses on community groups and small grass-root initiatives that are foundations for building vibrant, sustainable rural communities
ANZ General Manager Regional Business Banking, Christine Linden said the Seeds of Renewal investment has had a substantial impact on rural communities for more than a decade, with ANZ investing almost $4 million across 750 community projects since 2002 to deliver social and economic benefits in regional communities.
“ANZ is committed to helping regional and rural communities grow and develop. The Seeds of Renewal investment provides much needed capital to help get essential educational and employment programs off the ground and set up a for a successful future,” Ms Linden said.
Last year, the Seeds of Renewal program funded 35 rural projects ranging from training and work placements for disadvantaged youth in Atherton, Queensland to business-based workshops for micro-businesses in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
FRRR Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Egleton said that education and employment were critical factors for maintaining a sustainable and economically prosperous community.
“The programs encourage locals to develop relevant skills and pursue career pathways that benefit the region. By empowering passionate local leaders to make a change, we see positive outcomes for the whole community,” Ms Egleton said.