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The world needs more dreamers. Those that see groups in their community who need a helping hand and dream of ways to make life better for them. Since 2011, Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World has awarded grants to more than 78 causes, in an effort to recognise the good they do to make the world a better place.

Four rounds per year. $150,000 in community funding

The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. There are four rounds this year and grants are awarded to finalists and winners in each round. At the end of the year, the four round winners compete for the grand final grants totalling $70,000.

Round 1: Open Round (Entries closed)

Round 1 is open season for all dreams. No dream is too big, too small, too broad or too specialised – provided it meets our guidelines, of course.

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Anything goes this round - from an animal shelter to equipment for a sporting team to transport for disabled children. If you can dream it, and it meets our guidelines, you can enter it in Round 1.

Round 2: Health & People (Entries closed)

This round is all about dreams that focus on health and well-being, and dreams that make life better for people in need.

Like some examples of this category?
Your dream for this cateory could be about a charity that’s helping cure a disease or illness, a group that’s assisting people with a disability or a cause that provides food for the homeless.

Round 3: Sport & Education (Entries closed)

This round is for energetic thinkers and dreamers who want to make the world a better place for sporting clubs, recreational causes and anyone wanting to learn new skills or teach others.

Like some examples of this category?
If your dream is about helping disadvantaged kids enjoy physical activity, providing computer lessons for retirees or even helping your local sporting team travel to their grand final, this round is for you.

Round 4: Animals & Community (Entries closed)

This round is for our injured, endangered, abused or sick animals and causes that help specific community groups like women or refugees.

Like some examples of this category?
Wildlife shelters, animal refuges and animal recue organisations are ideal for this round. So are safe houses for abuse victims, causes that help resettle refugees and environmental groups, to name a few.

Does your dream qualify?

Before you submit your dream in any round, you need to make sure it:

  • Benefits a registered community cause, charity group or not-for-profit organisation (and not an individual).
  • Is based in Australia with funds being spent in Australia (unless otherwise advised).
  • Can be undertaken in the next 12 months.
  • Fits with the theme of the round your are entering.

If you’re unsure whether your dream fits the theme for a particular round, don’t worry. Just enter it. If our judges feel your dream is not quite right for a round, it is better suited to another category, they’ll let you know by email and enter it into the right category for you.

How to improve your chances of winning

Dream big
Getting through to the grand final is all about the quality of your entry, so dream big. Your aim is to get the attention of the judges, so be different, be creative, and support your entry with photos and video.

Get votes
Winning your round relies on drumming up as many votes as you can. So use your social networks to get everyone you know voting for your dream. Like some tips from past winners? Check out this video:

Timeline

27 Nov 2016

Round 4 public voting opens

18 Dec 2016

Round 4 public voting closes

20 Dec 2016

Round 4 winner announced

How to get your dream happening

Submit your dream

Tell us about your dream to help an Australian-based charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation make a real difference in the community. Use photos or shoot a video, and give your dream every chance of winning.

The judges choose

Every quarter, the judges will choose three finalists, who will each be awarded a $5,000 grant.

The public vote

The quarterly finalist with the most valid votes from the public wins another $5,000 and progresses to the grand final.

Grand final

Winners from each round attend the Grand Final Awards Night where the annual winner is announced. Each of the four grand finalists will receive an additional grant of up to $25,000.

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