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Tips for submitting a dream

Before you apply, there are a few things you should check to make sure your dream is approved and to increase your chances of winning a grant. Select the tabs to read on and get ready to apply for a grant to help make the world a better place.

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If your not-for-profit organisation or community group dreams of helping to create brighter futures for Australians or a more active community or support others to live better we want to hear about it.

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Round Information

There are three rounds, and each time there’s a different theme. So if you have a dream that fits the criteria, tell us about it and you could be in the running to receive up to $50,000 in grants to help a cause close to your heart.

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Round 1:
Better Living

Applications close 13 April

Round 2:
Brighter Futures

Applications close 29 June

Round 3:
Active Community

Applications close 14 September


What are the judges looking for?

The judges look for eligible dreams that will make a difference to the lives of other Australians and have a positive impact on the community. Tell us about your grassroots community group or not-for-profit organisation and how you would spend a grant of up to $50,000 to make your dream a reality.

Make sure your dream meets our guidelines below and check out the criteria to give your dream the best chance of being shortlisted.


Does your dream qualify?

To qualify, your dream must aim to make a positive difference in the community, and it must also:  

• benefit a registered community cause, charity group or not-for-profit organisation (and not an individual)

• be based in Australia with funds being spent in Australia

• be able to be undertaken in the next 12 months

• fit with the round theme

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World is open to all residents of Australia, aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. You don’t need to be a Sunsuper member to enter.

You’ll receive a confirmation email that your dream has been accepted. If your dream doesn’t meet the guidelines, we’ll let you know.


How do I increase my chances of winning?

Meet the application requirements.

Submit a unique dream that makes a positive difference in the community.

Support your dream with photos and videos to stand out from the crowd.

Drum up votes for your dream from the public.


Previous finalists share their tips for submitting a dream

Bronwyn Sheehan

The Pyjama Foundation

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Fiona Kirk

Angel Gowns Australia

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Libby Edge

Eco Barge Clean Seas

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Renée Garniner

Growing Change

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Are you ready to apply?

Download the questions and application requirements. Prepare your dream submission in a word document or notepad and when you’re ready, click APPLY. From there it should take around 15 minutes to fill in the form as required.

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Apply to the Better Business round for the chance to receive up to $15,000 and help fund a project or innovative solution that tackles a social issue in your local community.

Key dates

16 March

Applications open

27 July

Applications close

31 October

3 finalists announced

December 2018

Winner announced at Grand Final

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What type of businesses should apply for the Better Business round?

As long as your business is eligible to receive a grant, the judges welcome small and medium sized businesses from all industries to apply. For instance, your business may sell products overseas but as long as the grant will be used to help your business give back to your local community, like employ people with disabilities or build infrastructure that will benefit the community, the judges want to hear about it.

Don't forget to tell us about your community and why your business wants to make a difference - it may be to address mental health issues in regional communities, increase job opportunities in remote areas or connect multicultural communities in metro regions. Tell us on the application form, but to impress the judges you could upload a video, add photos or even add a testimony from a local leader about your business and its impact on the community.


Does your business qualify?

To qualify your dream must aim to tackle a local or social issue in Australian communities, and the business receiving the grant must also be:

  • a registered Australian Business
  • based in Australia with funds being spent in Australia
  • a small to medium sized business with less than 200 employees
  • able to be undertaken in the next 12 months 

If your dream is shortlisted to the top 10, your business mst also provide documents that validate the viability of business.

Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World is open to all Australian residents aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. You don't need to be a Sunsuper member to enter.

You'll receive a confirmation email that your dream has been accepted. If your dream doesn't meet the guidelines, we'll let you know.


Are you ready to apply?

Download the questions and application requirements. Prepare your dream submission in a word document or notepad and when you’re ready, click APPLY. From there it should take around 15 minutes to fill in the form as required.

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