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TELUS Social Impact
TELUS Social Impact
Indigenous artwork superimposed over an aerial view photo of Nootka Island, B.C.

Artwork:
nch7mut | One Heart, One Mind, One People míkw’achi7m | Marissa Nahanee, sḵwx̱wú7mesh and nisga’a Nation
Photo Credit:
Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

Indigenous Communities Fund

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund offers grants up to $50,000 for Indigenous-led social, health and community programs. Together, we can make the future friendly by supporting Indigenous leaders and community groups who know their communities best.

TELUS collaborated with Míkw’achi7m (Marissa Nahanee), Squamish and Nisga’a Nation, on the intent, context, and manner of the art used. Photo: Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Read about our commitment to artistic integrity.

Our commitment to reconciliation

In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, TELUS is committed to progressing the path of reconciliation in a deeply meaningful way and is dedicated to fulfilling our role and responsibilities in this regard.

For more than a decade, TELUS has collaborated with Indigenous Peoples and organizations to enable connectivity and bridge digital, geographic and socio-economic divides.

Working together, we are helping create tangible outcomes that will impact generations to come.

Funding Indigenous-led solutions

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund provides flexible grant funding to Indigenous-led programs supporting Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Funding is available for projects focused on, but not limited to:

  • Health, mental health and well-being
  • Access to education and resources
  • Community building and enhancement
  • Language and cultural revitalization
  • Inter-community sharing of cultural stories

Funding guidelines

We provide flexible grants to Indigenous organizations, not-for-profits and community groups. Grants are available up to $50,000 and are to support Indigenous-led initiatives that support tangible positive outcomes.

Requests eligible for funding: 

  • Your organization, community group or project supports Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) within Canada
  • You clearly address a pressing social or well-being need and create measurable community outcomes

Requests ineligible for funding: 

  • Retroactive funding
  • Religious focused projects or organizations
  • Projects that operate outside of Canada
  • Go-Fund-Me campaigns or individual fundraising initiatives

Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed two times per year. Please allow 12 weeks following the application deadline to receive a response regarding your application status. Applications are due by midnight (your local time) on the following dates:  

  • March 4, 2022 – Closed
  • October 14, 2022 - Now open

TELUS’ commitment to artistic integrity

We are committed to supporting the artistic practices of Indigenous Peoples, while being mindful of the historic role organizations have played in the misappropriation of Indigenous art and culture. We have an obligation and responsibility to ensure that TELUS’ use of Indigenous art in our digital and physical spaces is respectful of Indigenous artists. TELUS works with each artist to ensure that they retain full intellectual property and control over their work.

Contact us

If you have a question or a funding request that falls outside of the application deadlines, please contact us at IndigenousCommunitiesFund@telus.com