FAQs

Telstra Kids is an initiative of the Telstra Foundation. We fund and champion digital learning experiences for community-based organisations that help kids thrive. This is done through amazing and inspiring projects that are funded by a Telstra Kids cash grant of $1,200.

Kids are facing a future filled with exciting opportunities and we want to show them that they can create not just consume the things around them. Telstra Kids grants enable kids to connect with their local community in a fast-paced and changing world.

We know that one size doesn't fit all, which is why we love to fund cash grant applications that build a bunch of skills that enable kids to create, play and learn. We fund all types of projects — from digital-making and coding with tech, to art supplies for the classroom or a summer veggie patch. Read the key grant criteria to see if you are eligible and check out some examples of great Telstra Kids projects here.

Telstra Kids partners with cutting edge digital learning experts and select a range of awesome digital learning kits. We then ask Telstra employees to nominate a kids community organisation who would love them! Why digital learning kits? Kids are facing a digital future and we want to show them that they can create not just consume technology, this will all set them up to thrive in our increasingly digital world. Head to the Telstra Kids homepage to see the amazing kits on offer in the next grant round.

We allocate $1,200 cash grants to community projects nominated by Telstra employees during our grant rounds. Telstra Kids projects:

We run multiple grant rounds each year with open and closing dates for applications. Applications will not be accepted outside grant periods.

Sign up here to be notified when the next funding round opens.

Telstra Kids funds local projects that help kids in Australia to play and learn.

The focus is on grassroots projects. By 'grassroots' we mean local projects, delivered by a local non-profit group, for local kids.

Here are some examples:

  • digital projects — including digital making and digital skills programs (coding, robotics, 3D printing and cyber-safety projects)
  • arts and culture projects — including musical instruments, art supplies and rock eisteddfods
  • education projects — including language programs, playground upgrades and toys
  • nature based and environmental projects — including plants for playgrounds, veggie patches and frog bogs
  • health and wellbeing projects — including physical therapy programs, nutrition programs, health education and shade sails
  • sports and recreation projects — including sports equipment, camping gear, sports uniforms and activity days

You can check out some of the success stories here.

Telstra Kids has supported thousands of unique community projects around Australia. So, if your idea is not listed here, don't worry. Think local, think kids, be creative, and have fun.

Telstra Kids does not support:

  • individual children
  • projects completed before the grant is awarded
  • promotional activities
  • programs with a religious, political or sectarian purpose
  • general operational/administration functions
  • conferences
  • projects outside Australia
  • general fundraising appeals (for example, appeals or events from national organisations).

This reflects the role of Telstra Kids as a grassroots program that supports small-scale, local initiatives within the community.

Telstra employees can support larger projects via Telstra's Employee Volunteering and Matched Payroll Giving programs.

Telstra Kids loves to support projects all around Australia. To enable this, applications are reviewed to make sure there's a good balance of urban and regional projects. From there, the Telstra Kids Committee has the final say, checking that applications meet the criteria of the program. The Committee is made up of Telstra employees from across Australia and is chaired by a Telstra Foundation Board Director.

Telstra Kids is an initiative of the Telstra Foundation.

The Telstra Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Telstra. Our mission is to enable all young people to thrive in a connected world. We do this by supporting the digital dreamers and technology optimists via:

  • Digital Futures program: supporting young people to be curious about how tech works
  • Tech4Goodprogram: supporting the non-profits who want to use tech to change the lives of young people.

Visit here for more information.

No, Telstra Kids is a teenager. Since 2002, Telstra Foundation has contributed over $10 million to more than 9,000 community projects for kids across Australia through Telstra Kids projects.

All eligible Telstra employees working in Australia.

An eligible employee is based in Australia and is a permanent full- or part-time employee of the Telstra Group or a Telstra Corporation Limited wholly-owned subsidiary (at the time of submitting the application). They do not have to be related to a child involved in the community project that they nominate.

Contractors and casual employees to Telstra are not eligible to apply. Similarly, Telstra employees based outside of Australia cannot apply.

Pre-July 2014, anyone applying for a Telstra Kids grant was required to have a family link to one of the kids who would benefit from the donation. This restriction was removed to make Telstra Kids open to more kids and a wider range of local community projects.

Telstra Kids is a much-loved program managed by the Telstra Foundation. The Telstra Foundation has a remit to operate and fund projects within Australia (only). In terms of how this applies to Telstra Kids grant recipients, we can only consider projects nominated by eligible Telstra employees based in Australia who are permanent full- or part-time employees of the Telstra Group or a Telstra Corporation Limited wholly-owned subsidiary. Telstra employees based outside of Australia cannot apply for a Telstra Kids grant since our operating guidelines do not permit the Telstra Foundation to fund projects outside of Australia.

Telstra employees are at the heart of Telstra Kids; they direct where the dollars go. You will need to find an eligible Telstra employee to nominate your community project.

An eligible Telstra employee can nominate a project by a local non-profit group and initiate the application online here.

Telstra Kids grants are awarded via funding rounds throughout the year and applications will not be accepted outside of these periods.

Information on what will be needed to complete the application can be found here.

We run multiple grant rounds each year with open and closing dates for applications. Applications will not be accepted outside grant periods.

Sign-up here to be notified when the next funding round opens.

Telstra Kids loves to support projects all around Australia. To enable this, applications are reviewed to make sure there's a good balance of urban and regional projects. From there, the Telstra Kids Committee has the final say, checking that applications meet the criteria of the program. The Committee is made up of Telstra employees from across Australia and is chaired by a Telstra Foundation Board Director.

If you are an eligible Telstra employee you can make one application per round. Once you are successful, you must wait three years before you can submit another application.

If you are a local non profit organisation or community group, see here for more information.

You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of the application period closing. This gives us time to review the applications. The non-profit contact will then be invited to review the application, accept the Telstra Kids terms and conditions and enter bank account details.

We will then send an email of congratulations to the successful non-profit group and to the Telstra employee who nominated the project.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by email.

Applications are reviewed to make sure there's a good balance of urban and regional projects. If your application is not successful because funding has been fully allocated, you are welcome to apply again when the next funding round opens. Your application will be saved in your Telstra Kids dashboard and you can sign up to be notified when the next funding round opens. Your application will not automatically be re-submitted, so you will need to log in when applications are open again, check the details are correct and re-submit. You'll be able to re-submit your application once, after this you'll need to re-start the process (and by then you might want to apply for something else anyway!)

Telstra Kids funds local projects that help kids in Australia to play and learn.

The focus is on grassroots projects. By 'grassroots' we mean local projects, delivered by a local non-profit group, for local kids.

Here are some examples:

  • digital projects — including digital making and digital skills programs (coding, robotics, 3D printing and cyber-safety projects)
  • arts and culture projects — including musical instruments, art supplies and rock eisteddfods
  • education projects — including language programs, playground upgrades and toys
  • nature based and environmental projects — including plants for playgrounds, veggie patches and frog bogs
  • health and wellbeing projects — including physical therapy programs, nutrition programs, health education and shade sails
  • sports and recreation projects — including sports equipment, camping gear, sports uniforms and activity days

You can check out some of the success stories here.

Telstra Kids has supported thousands of unique community projects around Australia. So, if your idea is not listed here, don't worry. Think local, think kids, be creative, and have fun.

To receive a Telstra Kids grant, the organisation must be not-for-profit or non-profit. This simply means that any profit goes back into its main purpose and isn't distributed to owners, members, etc. If you are still not sure, check the ATO information on non-profits here

There's no need to worry about DGRs and TCCs and other letters that sometimes get between great projects and grant dollars. Tax Deductible Gift Recipient status or Concession Charity endorsement is not needed to receive a Telstra Kids Fund grant.

The organisation must also be doing its work locally. This means the project must benefit kids in one community or postcode in Australia. A national non-profit organisation can receive Telstra Kids funding, but the nominated project must still have this local focus.

Organisations that have received Telstra Kids grants include schools, sporting clubs, hospitals and childcare centres, just to name a few.

18 years of age or younger.

The Telstra employee applying for the grant does not have to be related to a child involved in the nominated project/activity.

Pre-July 2014, anyone applying for a Telstra Kids grant was required to have a family link to one of the kids who would benefit from the donation. This restriction was removed to make Telstra Kids open to more kids and a wider range of local community projects.

No. A Telstra Kids grant can support a local community project that is underway. However, the project must not be completed before the grant is awarded.

Cash grants are $1,200.

You sure can. If you want equipment like phones and tablets, they need to be products that Telstra supplies and be purchased from a Telstra store. Telstra Kids does not directly donate these, but you can include them in your application — just specify the products and services when you list how you would spend the $1,200 grant.

As at March 2018, organisations can receive one cash grant per funding round. However, unlike the three year eligibility rule for employees, organisations can receive a grant each funding round, as long as they have an eligible Telstra employee to sponsor them.

Telstra Kids does not support:

  • individual children
  • projects completed before the grant is awarded
  • promotional activities
  • programs with a religious, political or sectarian purpose
  • general operational/administration functions
  • conferences
  • projects outside Australia
  • general fundraising appeals (for example, appeals or events from national organisations).

This reflects the role of Telstra Kids as a grassroots program that supports small-scale, local initiatives within the community.

Telstra employees can support larger projects via Telstra's Employee Volunteering and Matched Payroll Giving programs.

No, only projects and activities that benefit kids in Australia will be considered. The kids do not need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

An eligible Telstra employee can nominate a project by a local non-profit group and initiate the application online here.

Telstra Kids grants are awarded via funding rounds throughout the year and applications will not be accepted outside of these periods.

Information on what will be needed to complete the application can be found here.

An eligible Telstra employee must start the online application — it only takes a few minutes. If the application is deemed successful, the local non-profit group will be invited to review and complete the application. 

To start the application, the eligible Telstra employee will need to provide:

  • their contact details, including a Telstra email address and employee number
  • contact details for someone at the local non-profit group who will contribute to or review the application
  • information about the project and how it will help kids to play and learn.

Once the application has been selected as successful, the nominated local non-profit group will be invited by email to:

  • review the application and confirm all details are correct
  • accept the Telstra Kids terms and conditions
  • provide bank account details for the organisation.

Once all of these details are provided, either the employee or the non-profit contact can submit the application for final approval by Telstra Kids.

Applications are only accepted via the online application form. Save the trees!

If the community group contact does have not regular online access, the online application explains how the Telstra employee can complete the application process

You can log in to your online application at any time to view or print your application.

You can log in to your online application to update it while the grant round is open.

Telstra employees can log into the Telstra Kids dashboard to update their contact details.

You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of the application period closing. This allows time for the applications to be reviewed. The non-profit contact will then be invited to review the application, accept the Telstra Kids terms and conditions and enter bank account details.

We will then send an email of congratulations to the successful local non-profit group and to the Telstra employee who nominated the project.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by email.

You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of the application period closing. This gives us time to review the applications. The non-profit contact will then be invited to review the application, accept the Telstra Kids terms and conditions and enter bank account details.

We will then send an email of congratulations to the successful non-profit group and to the Telstra employee who nominated the project.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by email.

If you've received an email notification that you've been successful, we'll deposit the grant in the nominated bank account within a month. If you need to change your banking details, please do this within five working days of receiving your email notification. After this time, changes cannot be accepted. The transaction will appear on your account statement as a sum of $1,200.

The transaction will appear on your account statement as a sum of $1,200. We'll deposit the grant in your nominated bank account within a month of the email that notified you of your success.

If you haven't received your grant within a month, go to your Telstra Kids dashboard (your online application), check the nominated bank details are correct and lodge an enquiry by emailing telstrakidsfund@team.telstra.com including your grant application number and the name of your project.

We'll deposit the grant in your nominated bank account within a month of the email that notified you of your success. The transaction will appear on your account statement as a sum of $1,200.

If you haven't received your grant within a month, go to your Telstra Kids dashboard (your online application), check the nominated bank account details are correct and, if there is an error, let us know by emailing telstrakidsfund@team.telstra.com including your grant application number and the name of your project.

Now it's time to have fun! Start spending your grant money.

We would also love you to promote your project and acknowledge the assistance of Telstra Kids. Here are some tips and templates to help you to spread the word.

Please upload photos and publicity to the project dashboard on this website. We also ask you to draft a brief story about your project; we give you prompts and examples to make this easy for you.

The $1,200 grant must be spent within 12 months of receiving it, in the way described in the application.

The grant was allocated to the specific project described in the application, but we understand that sometimes things change and the original project may no longer be suitable. To request changes to how the grant will be spent, the Telstra employee needs to log in to the Telstra Kids project dashboard to update the project details. Keep in mind the types of projects that aren't funded when requesting the change.

Please consult your organisation's Tax Adviser for advice on whether or not you should be paying Goods & Services Tax (GST) on any grant receivable from the Telstra Kids. The Australian Tax Office has issued a ruling which deals with 'Financial Assistance Payments' (GST Ruling 2012/2) which may provide you with some guidance and assistance. Whether any GST is payable on the grant will be dependent amongst other things on your GST registration status, the terms of the Telstra Kids Grant Undertaking and whether or not you are making a taxable supply (e.g. granting Intellectual Property and other rights, providing goods, services, information, advertising and promotion) to the Telstra Foundation.

If you've received an email notification that you've been successful, we'll deposit the grant in the nominated bank account within a month. If you need to change your banking details, please do this within five working days of receiving your email notification. After this time, changes cannot be accepted. The transaction will appear on your account statement as a sum of $1,200.

We'll deposit the grant in your nominated bank within a month of the email that notified you of your success. The transaction will appear on your account statement as a sum of $1,200.

If you haven't received your grant within a month, go to your Telstra Kids dashboard (your online application), check the nominated bank details are correct and, if there is an error, let us know by emailing telstrakidsfund@team.telstra.com including your grant application number and the name of your project.

Now it's time to have fun! Start spending your grant money.

We would also love you to promote your project and acknowledge the assistance of Telstra Kids. Here are some tips and templates to help you to spread the word.

Please upload photos and publicity to the project dashboard on this website. We also ask you to draft a brief story about your project; we give you prompts and examples to make this easy for you.

Sure can! We've prepared a promo toolkit (Telstra Kids Shout Out Guide) to help you tell the world about your project. It includes a whole swag of templates that you can use to get the attention of traditional media and to shine a light on your success via social media. You can download the templates here.

If you are happy to, we would also love you to share your project on Telstra's social media channels:

Remember to get the usual consent from parents/carers if you are posting pictures of children.

Yes, please! The Telstra Foundation logo can appear on the promotional material for the project. See here for logo files.

Media representatives can contact us at telstrakidsfund@team.telstra.com. Please note the media team cannot answer general questions from community groups about Telstra Kids grants process or provide information about applications.

Now it's time to have fun! Start spending your grant money.

We would also love you to promote your project and acknowledge the assistance of Telstra Kids. Here are some tips and templates to help you to spread the word.

Please upload photos and publicity to the project dashboard on this website. We also ask you to draft a brief story about your project; we give you prompts and examples to make this easy for you.

If your question is still not answered, you can turn to the Telstra employee nominating your project for a grant. Telstra employees have access to the Telstra Kids Yammer group where Telstra Kids Committee Members and Ambassadors are available to answer questions. Only Telstra employees have access to the Yammer group at this time.

Due to the significant volume of community grants we provide, we cannot respond to individual public requests for information. We have attempted to create a 'one stop shop' for all your enquiries via these FAQs.

At Telstra, we like to make it easy for our people to take action on behalf of the causes they care about. If you're a Telstra employee, check out these other benefits detailed on the Telstra Volunteers website (Telstra employee access only):

  • get 'more bang for your buck' with Matched Payroll Giving: Telstra matches every dollar you donate to your chosen DGR-registered charities (up to $1,000 per year)
  • get paid while you volunteer with Employee Volunteering: Telstra provides paid leave for individual or team volunteering, available to full- and part-time employees.

Or have you considered harnessing the power of crowdfunding? The Telstra Foundation is a founding partner of Chuffed, a crowdfunding platform where 100% of what is donated goes directly to the cause. Visit www.chuffed.org to get the resources you need to set up an online fundraising campaign. The Chuffed site makes it super-easy for you to create a buzz via social networks. Or, if you'd rather give than get, choose a project you want to support and then track your impact as it comes to life.

Since 2002, the Telstra Foundation has worked with community organisations that have an appetite for social innovation, contributing nearly $50 million to more than 8,000 community projects.

We work with community partners to unlock their digital potential because we believe that all Australians — regardless of age, income, location, disability — should enjoy the social and economic benefits of being connected.

Partners and projects include eSmart Libraries with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and Indigenous Digital Excellence with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

We do not accept unsolicited proposals for funding, with the exception of Telstra Kids. For more information about our projects and partnerships, click here.