2023 Real School Grant Winner – Kiewa Valley Primary School

Thank you to all the applicants for your interest in this year’s Real School Grant! We received so many inspirational submissions and have thoroughly enjoyed reading through every essay.

Congratulations to Kiewa Valley Primary School who is the Winner of the 2023 Real School Grant.

We’re delighted to let you know we’ve now started accepting applications for the 2024 Real School Grant, and welcome all school and/or school group/committee who meet the eligibility criteria to apply. Good Luck!

Real School Grant


Since Real Insurance was launched in Australia in 2005, our goal has been to protect the quality of people’s lives. We do this by providing insurance products for Life, Income Protection, Funeral, Pet, Health, Travel, Car, Home and Landlords that meet the needs of everyday Australians and offer peace of mind at an affordable price.

With family being our focus, we understand how important education is within our communities and therefore we want to help aid school funding to schools and school groups/ committees across Australia. As a result of this, we have launched the Real School Grants Program.


This Grant is offered annually to one school and/or school group/committee. Applications for the 2023 Grant are now closed and applications for the 2024 Grant are open until 31 October, 2024.

The Grant

The value of this Grant is AUD $5,000 (total amount). This amount is paid as a one-off payment to the winning school/school group (Winner).

Eligibility criteria

  1. Entry is open to citizens or permanent residents of Australia aged 18 and over at the date they submit their entry who satisfy all of the following conditions:
    1. They are associated with an Australian public school (school) or a school-group or a school association (as defined in clause 8); and
    2. They have fulfilled the requirements of these terms and conditions in their entirety.
  2. School groups may include registered or unregistered associations/groups relating to a registered Australian public school. Where an unregistered school-group may be applying, evidence that the group is genuine is to be provided by submitting a letter from a senior member of staff from the school on official school letterhead/document that attests to the existence of the group and that it is endorsed by the teaching body of that school.
  3. Immediate family members including the spouse, de-facto spouse, parent, guardian, child or sibling ("Immediate Family Members") of a Real Insurance employee are ineligible to enter as the lead and/or primary applicant for the grant. Employees, and Immediate Family Members of GFS are also ineligible to enter as the lead and/or primary applicant for the grant. Where an applying group may include a GFS employee or immediate family member of a GFS employee, it would be assessed per case basis at the time of judging.
  4. Applications on behalf of schools and/or school groups/committees must not be aligned to any specific section of the community or cultural/ethnic background.
  5. Entrants must abide by the Terms and Conditions for an entry to be deemed eligible.

The challenge

To apply for the Real School Grant Program, you will need to write a long form description (maximum 700 words) on what your school would do with the allocated grant, and how it will benefit your school and/or community.

We are looking for submissions that reflect a real desire to improve the quality of school resources and communities. It doesn't have to be great prose, just honest and from the heart, so start thinking about the reasons why and how your nominated school would utilise the Real School Grant.

Each entry that is submitted, must align to one or more of the Real Insurance company values;

  1. Health - clearly provide intent and evidence of planned work(s) that would promote the health of the intended beneficiaries. Where past works have been concluded, please include as evidence in your submission.
  2. Learning & Development - clearly outline the plan of learning or research outcome that would lead to an improved outcome and development.
  3. Information & Technology - provide a justified summary of a current lack of access to information and/or technology (including online/remote learning tools) that would prove highly useful for intended beneficiaries.
  4. Community & Infrastructure - clearly provide intent and evidence of planned work(s) that would promote a positive or improved outcome for the intended beneficiaries. Where past works have been concluded, please include as evidence in your submission.

How to apply

All applicants (entrant/s) must email the following documentation to grants@greenstone.com.au for their submission to be considered:

  • Proof of Identification of the lead applicant;
  • Name and address of nominated school;
  • Confirm whether you are applying as a school;
  • Proof of genuinity in case of an unregistered school group;
  • Images of school-group;
  • Any/all evidence of planned works for which you’re seeking the grant;
  • In case of an unregistered school-group, an undertaking letter signed on an official school letterhead by everyone in the entrant group; and
  • Your response to “the Challenge” (maximum word count is 700 words).

Any entries to this Grant Program must be the entrant’s original work. If an entry is found to be plagiarised, whether wholly or a substantial part, it will be disqualified from this Real School Grant Program. This clause is active despite any communication of the result of the Real School Grant Program.

Selection process

The Winner of the Real School Grant will be selected and awarded by a panel of judges from the Real Insurance team in their absolute discretion, on the basis of the entry that best grasps the challenge. The panel for the 2024 Grant will convene from November 15, 2024.

Important dates

  • 15 February, 2024: Program launched and open for submissions.
  • 31 October, 2024: Submissions close.
  • 1 December, 2024: Winner to be notified via email and phone (if number is provided).
  • 31 January, 2025: Deadline for Winner to supply all supporting documentation.
  • 2 February, 2025: Winner announced on the website.


The Winner of the 2024 Grant will be notified by email and phone, with their name published on our website on 2 February, 2025.

Please be aware that if we are unable to get in contact with the Winner within four weeks of our initial contact attempt (on approximately 1 December, 2024), that Winner forfeits the Grant, and we will then select another Winner.

If you have any queries regarding the Grant Program, or wish to obtain a copy of the terms and conditions for previous Grants, please contact us via email at marketingenquiries@greenstone.com.au.

By participating in this Grant Program you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Grant Program including cooperation with marketing and promotional requests made by The Promoter See full Terms and Conditions.