ANZ's 'Seeds of Renewal' Program Creates Education and Employment Opportunities to Help Build Thriving Communities

"Seeds of Renewal" is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia. In 2012, the program provided grants of up to $10,000 to community organisations in Australian towns with populations less than 15,000 people.

The grants enabled community groups to fund their projects and goals, including:

  • Education, training and mentoring programs (for disengaged youth, indigenous communities, farmers, and children and adults with a disability)
  • Books and audio equipment (for communities in remote locations)
  • Technology and computers (for schools, Early Education and Community Centres)

The grants are independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) which manages a number of grant programs across rural and regional Australia.

"Seeds of Renewal" demonstrates ANZ's commitment to making a difference in regional Australia. ANZ employees actively support their local communities through a wide range of activities including volunteering. Frontline employees in regional areas are encouraged to raise awareness of the program with customers and provide assistance to community groups.

Inputs

  • Cash: $250,000
  • Time valued at: $122,940
  • Total investment for 2012: $372,940

Outputs & Impacts

In 2012, 35 communities across regional Australia shared in $250,000 as part of the 2012 Seeds of Renewal small grants program.

After being awarded a grant, Tullimbar Public School in New South Wales was able to purchase over 300 books for the school library. The Ambrose Primary P&C Association in Gladstone will use their grant to buy laptops for use in classrooms and by a local playgroup to run an e-learning program.

Since 2003, ANZ has given over $3 million in grants to 635 community projects across Australia.
From a business perspective, 683 ANZ employees have been involved in the program since inception. The experience of volunteers has helped to create a more engaged and positive workforce.

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"Many of our customers and staff live and work in communities like this, so we understand the value this kind of support can make, and we're very pleased to be involved"

Leeanne Spencer, Commercial Manager for Gladstone ANZ Regional Business Banking