What is Dreamstarter?

There are hundreds of social entrepreneurs in Australia with the ideas and energy to create positive change in the world. The problem is, without proper support, getting these projects off the ground so everyone can realise their potential can be difficult.

We are here to change this. The ING DIRECT Dreamstarter community is here to provide knowledge, support and funding to help a wide range of social projects - from empowering refugees and migrants with training and employment in the fashion industry to reducing the cost of illegal graffiti on communities by investing in legal street art - to affect real change in the communities we live in.

Dreamstarter. Ideas that power community.


Exactly how does Dreamstarter help?

ING DIRECT is a catalyst for change and for inspiring the Dreamstarter community, through:

Crowdfunding & Support

  • By spreading the word about the impact they're having on their communities, to get more people involved.
  • Helping social projects use the power of crowdfunding to get their businesses off the ground.

Grants for Growth

  • Providing grants to boost and grow projects when they're up and running.


  • Giving bursaries to help the next generation of social entrepreneurs build their capacity and turn their big ideas into fully-fledged community projects.


Want some more detail? Here you go.


Want to know how you can get involved?

Applying to the Dreamstarter program:

  • Here is what you need to know to get started.
  • Here is the Criteria & Project Selection info.
  • Here is the Application form.
  • Here are the FAQs.

Supporting our Dreamstarter projects:

  • View the current Dreamstarter projects to learn about the impact they’re having in the community.
  • Share your favourite projects on social media to help raise their profile in the community.


Partners with a vision. Working together.

ING DIRECT funds the Dreamstarter program and raises the profile of projects via our social media, customer communications and media networks. But real positive change starts with collaboration, therefore we work closely with StartSomeGood and the representatives of the social enterprise community to bring Dreamstarter ideas to life and support them so they can thrive.

Dreamstarter is powered by StartSomeGood, an online crowdfunding platform for social good. The StartSomeGood platform allows social entrepreneurs, nonprofits and changemakers to raise the funds and grow the community of supporters they need to make a difference. The site is available to anyone with an idea or wanting to support an idea to create a better future for their community, not just non-profit organisations.

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