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8th October 2013 BY:


Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World Grant


Round 1: Open category
Opens – 15 February 2017
Closes – 24 March 2017

Round 2: Health & People
Opens – 5 May 2017
Closes – 2 June 2017

Round 3: Sport & Education
Opens – 14 July 2017
Closes – 4 August 2017

Round 4: Animals & Community
Opens – 15 September 2017
Closes – 6 October 2017

$150,000 in community funding. There are four rounds of Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World this year, and each round has a different focus. You can enter any round at any time before the closing time, and you’ll be informed when your chosen round is up and running. 

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 community causes, in an effort to recognise the good they do to make the world a better place. Grants are awarded to finalists and winners in each round. Winners from each round attend the Grand Final Awards Night at the end of the year where the annual winner is announced. Each of the four grand finalists will receive an additional grant of up to $30,000.

Info: For more information, visit the Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World grant website


Carlisle Community Grants

Applications Close: 31 March 2017, 5pm

Carlisle Homes invites community groups and organisations across Melbourne and Geelong to apply. If your community group, sporting club or organisation has a project that adds value to the community and you need funding to achieve your goals of bringing this project to life, the Carlisle Community Grants may be able to provide assistance.

With up to $50,000 available every quarter, it’s your chance to build and grow your community and enrich the lives of people in your area. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select appropriate community groups each quarter. If you are a community group or organisation that could do with a helping hand from Carlisle Homes, you are invited to apply.

Examples of past winning projects include soccer goals, sensory gardens, kitchen upgrade fit-out, cricket nets and building a storage shed.

Info: For more information, visit the Carlisle Community Grants website


Patagonia Environmental Grants

Round 1 Closes: 30 April 2017
Round 2 Closes: 31 August 2017

Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organisations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organisations that create a strong base of citizen support. Grants typically range between $2,500 – $15,000.

Info: For more information, visit the Patagonia website


Suez Community Grants

Applications Close: 5 May 2017

SUEZ believe strong communities build a better future for us all. Since 2013, the SUEZ Community Grants program has provided more than $400,000 to inspiring organisations and projects across Australia. They offer individual grants of up to $15,000 to fund social and environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.

Info: For more information, visit the Suez Community Grants website


The Propeller Fund

Round Closes: Ongoing

About: Propeller exists to share the inspirational stories of the young change-makers of Australia and support others to start their own projects.
This Propeller Fund provides 1 x $500 grant per week to a young individual to assist with helping them start their own short film project with a social or environmental focus that demonstrates local impact and have community networks and support.
Applicants must be between 12 and 25 years of age at the time of application.

Info: For more information, visit the Propeller website

Telstra’s Kids Funds 2

Round Closes: Ongoing

TKFAbout: Telstra’s Kids Fund is a valuable means by which Telstra employees can direct Telstra’s philanthropic giving and support their local communities across Australia.
Permanent Telstra Group employees can apply for a Telstra’s Kids Fund grant of $1,200 to support a project or activity run by a non-profit organisation involving a child, 18 years or under, in their immediate family. Each year $750,000 is given to local community organisations on behalf of children related to Telstra employees. Grants are awarded twice a year; each time there’s approximately 6 weeks when applications can be submitted.
Organisations such as schools, sporting clubs, hospitals and childcare centres have benefited from Telstra’s Kids Fund. Requests for musical equipment, educational resources, sport and recreation equipment and building upgrades have been among the grants given by Telstra’s Kids Fund.

Info: For more information, visit the Telstra’s Kids Fund website


Community Enterprise Foundation

Applications Close: Various dates

Community Enterprise Foundation LogoAbout: Community Enterprise Foundation™ aims to bring together people who care about their communities and make it easier and more efficient for them to make contributions that achieve positive local outcomes. A single foundation, capable of being the gifting structure for hundreds of communities and causes, makes this Foundation’s structure unique and highly effective.
As the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group the Foundation has worked closely with Bendigo Bank’s network of community and charitable partners since its inception in 2005.
The Foundation collects donations and contributions in a tax-effective way from individuals, businesses and governments. It also offers communities with an opportunity to build their own pool of funds to be reinvested back into the community as they see fit.

Info: To check for available grants, visit the Community Enterprise Foundation website


Department of Environment and Primary Industries – Small Grants Program

Applications open: Ongoing

DPI logoAbout: This grant can help with teaching your students about the importance of keeping our waterways healthy to ensure that the future generation will experience sustainability fishing. The Small Grants Program provides funding of up to $5,000 for small recreational fishing projects which benefit public recreational fishing in Victoria. Some schools have involved experts from Fishcare and Native Fish Australia when successful with the grant, to engage students with hands on experiences. 

Info: For more information, visit the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website.


Caltex – Sponsorship Program

Applications Close: Ongoing

About: Caltex is committed to supporting the communities in which they work and live. Their refineries and service stations support a variety of organisations, events and programs in local communities. From schools to sporting clubs, environmental projects to emergency services and surf lifesaving, Caltex believe it’s important to stay in touch with their neighbours and remain committed to their own backyard.

Info: For more information, visit the Caltex Sponsorship Program webpage.


Inspiring Environmental Solutions – EPA Community Funding Program

Applications close: 


About: When a company or individual pays a fine to the Environment Protection Agency, this money is pooled to fund environmental projects that enable the affected community to have a greater connection to their local environment. The total pool of funding on offer will vary each year, as funding is contingent upon the successful prosecution of pollution incidents, and at the discretion of the court.

Funding supports projects that enhance the environment in a public space or undertake environmental activities for the benefit of the community.

Info: For more info visit the EPA Victoria website


Bunnings – Local Community Support

Applications open: Ongoing

Bunnings Logo

About: From grass roots causes to local sporting clubs, schools and hospitals, Bunnings provides a wide range of support to a cross section of local community groups. They do this in many different ways including their sausage sizzles, cake stalls, hands-on D.I.Y project assistance, product donations, garden makeovers and more.

Sustainability is an important part of who they are and are committed to educating the community about how small actions can make a big difference. One of the ways they do this is through their Schools Sustainability Program, which includes activities with local schools, store visits, schoolyard makeovers and D.I.Y workshops. 

Info: For more info visit the Bunnings website