Telstra Kids funds grassroots projects, delivered by local non-profit groups, to benefit kids across metropolitan and regional Australia. Applications that are successful will receive a grant of $1,200 to fund a project that helps kids thrive in a connected world.

How it works

Telstra Kids applications are a two-part process. When the round opens, all eligible* Telstra employees will be able to register their interest online for a $1,200 Telstra Kids grant on behalf of a local school, kinder, library, or youth-focused community group. Then, through a ‘lottery-style’ allocation process, a random selection of employees that lodged their application by the deadline will be invited to complete the process with the help of the local community group they nominated.

For part one of the application process, you will need to describe the project i.e. how the funding will be used and how this will benefit kids in your local community to play and learn. You will also need to provide some details of the local community group you’re applying on behalf of – so have things like their ABN and their contact details handy.

*Only permanent Australian-based Telstra employees who have not received a Telstra Kids grant in the last 3 years can apply.

Your kids project

We love and encourage projects that help kids thrive in a connected world for example, projects about learning with technology, caring for the environment, or getting creative with arts and craft are awesome. However, if you have another idea in mind, that's OK - we fund all types of projects.

Read the key grant criteria to see if your project idea is eligible and check out some examples of great Telstra Kids projects below and in more detail here.

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

Please note 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 or capital works projects
  • 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 Kids loves to connect kids to local activities supporting digital making and citizenship, the arts and culture, education, the environment, or sport and recreation.

Recent projects

Young Politicians
IT Comes Alive at Playdays West Pennant Hills
Lake Park Kindergarten steps into the Digital Age!

With your support, since 2002 Telstra Kids has:

Helped millions of kids
Donated over $13m in grants
Supported 11,000 projects

2 projects everyday for over a decade