ANZ understands small regional communities face unique challenges, in terms of access to services and community facilities. Programs like Seeds of Renewal aim to support these communities by funding projects that address some of these challenges.
The program was established during a time of crippling drought across regional Australia and in the early years focussed on providing grants for projects to support drought recovery, sustainability, employment and education.
“When I think back to the early days of the ANZ Seeds of Renewal partnership with FRRR, it was visionary, it was bold. Community partnerships and corporate partnerships were quite new,” explains FRRR Chief Executive Officer Natalie Egleton.
“It started out as just an idea with a vision and with a heartfelt aspiration to do something really meaningful that would have a lasting impact on regional communities.
“The ANZ and FRRR partnership is 20 years old, so it is a really substantial, enduring partnership and that’s pretty rare. It has moved with the times, continued to be relevant, continued to have leadership engagement and a really strong uptake in these communities.”
In recent years, the program has evolved to more closely align with ANZ’s organisational purpose. Grants are now provided to projects that are focussed on improving financial wellbeing, environmental sustainability, access to housing and community projects that assist local communities to thrive.
ANZ’s partnership with FRRR enables strong connections that reach far and wide into remote, rural and regional communities across Australia.
The Program benefits from FRRR’s extensive expertise in managing grant programs and their unique tax status that allows funds to be distributed to community and incorporated organisations that are not-for profit but not eligible to receive tax deductible donations.
ANZ’s long-standing partnership with FRRR has been successful as a result of our shared values in wanting to support regional and rural Australia.
Hear more about the program and how it is supporting regional and rural Australia from the grant recipients in the ANZ Seeds of Renewal 20th Anniversary video.