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Cash offered to help rural communities

By Country News

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, which aims to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, is now accepting applications for a share of $250000 in funding.

Administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, the program has distributed nearly $4.6million to more than 800 community groups since 2003, to support local projects that promote the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.

Last year, Thallon Progress Association in Queensland received $10000 to improve visitor experience.

Signage, landscaping at the popular campground and an audit of social media activity were all undertaken to support increased tourism in the area, including the Thallon Silos Mural and William, a giant sculpture of a critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat, which is indigenous to the area.

ANZ’s technology partner Lenovo is offering up to three Lenovo 13-inch Yoga 730 devices to eligible community projects, in lieu of cash grants.

This means community groups can apply for a cash grant or for IT equipment.

This year, ANZ is seeking applications from community groups in regions with fewer than 15000 people, working on initiatives focused on:

■Building economic strength and sustainability (including vocational education and training with a focus on employment and addressing barriers to employment such as financial literacy and inclusion).

■Acting on environmental challenges and opportunities, recognising the relationship between healthy environments and social and economic prosperity.

■Supporting lifelong learning, education and training, with a focus on fostering school engagement.

■Promoting community health and social wellbeing, with a focus on promoting community cohesion and engagement.

■To apply, visit:

Applications close August 17.