Community Grants

We give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities through the power of technology.

How does it work?

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Read the guidelines and deadlines below

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Go through the online application process

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Receive funds for your organization

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Help us build stronger communities

Guidelines

TELUS Community Grants

At TELUS, we give where we live. That’s why we put community funding in the hands of local leaders. TELUS has 13 community boards and eight regional community action teams in Canada, as well as five community boards internationally. With each unique community come unique needs. We fund programs that best meet our vision and clearly demonstrate the criteria outlined below:

  • Focus on enabling youth to succeed
  • Aligns with our interest in health and education
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes

TELUS Community Boards – Canada

Our innovative community boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation.

  • Each year we contribute millions of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our TELUS Community Boards.
  • We will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrie Community Board whose maximum is $10,000
  • Consideration will only be given to registered Canadian charities that support youth programming.
  • The TELUS Community Boards are unable to support requests for sponsorships. If your organization has a sponsorship opportunity, please apply using our online sponsorship submission process.

TELUS Community Action Teams

Community Action teams serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities and non-profit organizations. TELUS Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $5,000.

A few things you should know:

  • Charities must be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a Canadian registered charity or qualified donee to apply for funding. For more information please visit Revenue Canada’s website.
  • Organizations may apply to a community action team for funding once a year and we only consider single-year requests.
  • Funding for capital investments must directly support youth and involve technology and/or social innovation.

Organizations and programs that would be considered ineligible for a Community Board and Community Action Team donation:

  • A program funded by a TELUS competitor
  • Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services), advocacy and special interest groups
  • In-kind donations such as local or long-distance telephone services, or requests for reduced rates on telecommunication rates or services
  • Retroactive requests or events and activities that take place outside of Canada
  • Donations to capital campaigns, endowments or debt reduction campaigns
  • Funding for individuals or competitive sports teams, goodwill advertising, travel expenses, field trips, tours, ticket purchases, funding to attend conferences or seminars, workshops, beauty pageants

TELUS International Community Boards

Each year, TELUS International invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Philippines, Central America and Eastern Europe to registered charities through our five TELUS International Community Boards. The maximum investment our international Community Boards will consider is $5,000, with a maximum of two per year funded at $10,000.

A few things you should know:

  • Charities can apply once a year in each city and we only consider single-year requests
  • Charities can apply for a second consecutive year of funding if:
  • The evaluation report received by TELUS, shows exemplary results of how previous funding was used
  • There is a new component to the program that will enhance or expand its scope and the charity agrees to seek other funding to make the program sustainable
  • The request is to support an entirely different program than what was funded previously
  • Funding for capital investments must directly support youth and involve technology and/or social innovation
  • Operating costs directly associated with program delivery are eligible for support, including salaries or space dedicated to a program. Ineligible operating costs are those which support the charity as a whole, including utilities and overhead salaries
  • Community foundations are eligible for funding only if a specific program managed by the foundation fits within existing funding guidelines. Support for a capital campaign or general donation is outside of funding guidelines and therefore ineligible

Organizations and programs that would be considered ineligible:

  • Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services), advocacy and special interest groups
  • In-kind donations such as local or long-distance telephone services, or requests for reduced rates on telecommunication rates or services
  • Retroactive requests or events and activities that take place outside of Canada
  • Funding for individuals or competitive sports teams, goodwill advertising, travel expenses, field trips, tours, ticket purchases, funding to attend conferences or seminars, workshops, beauty pageants

TELUS Community Board: 2019 application deadlines

Please note the application deadline time on the dates listed is midnight in the local time zone.

British Columbia

Victoria Community Board

  • February 11
  • May 21
  • September 9

Vancouver Community Board

  • February 1
  • April 26
  • July 26
  • October 4

Thompson Okanagan Community Board

  • January 25
  • May 3
  • September 13

Alberta

Edmonton Community Board

  • February 25
  • May 27
  • October 21

Calgary Community Board

  • February 15
  • July 30
  • October 1

Manitoba

Manitoba Community Board

  • January 15
  • April 30
  • August 30

Ontario

Greater Toronto Area Community Board

  • January 8
  • April 16
  • August 30
  • October 16

Barrie Community Board

  • March 1
  • August 6
  • September 16

Ottawa Community Board

  • January 30
  • May 29
  • October 2

Quebec

Montreal Community Board

  • February 1
  • March 22
  • August 15
  • October 18

Rimouski Community Board

  • January 25
  • May 17
  • October 11

Quebec City Community Board

  • January 18
  • May 17
  • September 27

Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada Community Board

  • January 11
  • April 2
  • August 9
  • October 18

International

Philippines Community Board

  • February 28
  • June 15
  • September 30

El Salvador Community Board

  • March 31
  • July 31

Guatemala Community Board

  • March 31
  • August 30

Bulgaria Community Board

  • January 3
  • May 24
  • September 27

Romania Community Board

  • February 22
  • June 14
  • September 6

Ready to get started?

We want your application to be successful and this process to be effortless. To help you prepare, a list of questions and instructions are available for you to download and read. You’ll be directed to this helpful link once you click on “Apply now.” As you complete the application, you’ll be asked to provide detailed information about your organization. In most cases the online application can be completed in about 30 minutes.

Apply now

Please note: The TELUS Community Boards only grant funds to registered Canadian charities that support youth programming. The TELUS Community Boards are unable to support requests for sponsorships. If your organization has a sponsorship opportunity you would like TELUS to consider, please apply using our online sponsorship submission process.