Grants Regional Victoria | July 04, 2019

Funding on offer to support rural communities

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath is encouraging local not-for-profit and community groups to apply for grants of up to $15,000 under The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program. 

Ms Bath said the $250,000 program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities with a population of 15,000 or fewer. 

This year the program is committed to three focus areas: 

  • Improving environmental sustainability: initiatives that restore and conserve the natural environment or which contribute to lower carbon emissions, water stewardship and waste minimisation. 
  • Improving financial wellbeing within the community: particularly for the under-represented and disadvantaged including initiatives that improve economic participation, for example through building financial literacy and vocational skills and providing access to meaningful work. 
  • Improving access to housing: improving housing access through initiatives that support those at risk of homelessness, or that provide supports for people living with a disability. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our hard working not-for-profit organisations across Gippsland to convert their bright ideas into reality by applying for funding under this program,” Ms Bath said. 

“The program is unique to rural communities and offers a great opportunity to increase the vibrancy and prosperity of our country towns.

“Grants such as these are a wonderful way regional groups can build local capacity and increasing community participation to deliver economic benefit within their community. 

“I encourage all eligible local organisations to consider applying.” 

Not for profit agencies and community groups with an ABN or incorporation certificate are eligible to apply.  Applications for the Seeds of Renewal Program is now open and close on Tuesday, 6th August 2019. 

To apply visit  

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project call 1800 170 020 during business hours.

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