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TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is an independent registered charity dedicated to funding health, education and technology focused charitable programs for youth in communities across Canada.


Innovation Grants

Registered Canadian charities seeking funding for innovative programming to solve some of Canada’s most pressing problems facing youth are invited to apply for an Innovation Grant. Specific criteria and eligibility for funding will be announced each year. 

Community Board Grants

Registered Canadian charities in a TELUS Community Board region are invited to apply for single-year funding of up to $20,000 supporting local education, health or technology programs for youth.

If you are looking for Community Boards located outside of Canada, please click here.

How to get funding

To apply for a grant:

1

Review the criteria and deadlines below

2

Complete the online application process

3

Receive funds for your organization

4

Help us build stronger communities

 

How to get funding for an Innovation Grant

Through our Innovation Grants, funding is available to registered charities that offer programming that promotes the well-being of youth and provides them with opportunities to succeed, both today and in the future. In particular, we are interested in supporting initiatives that advance some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); specifically, good health and well-being, quality education and climate action. Programs must focus on reaching youth experiencing obstacles to reaching their full potential and incorporate the innovative use of technology.

As one of our goals is to support as many registered charities as possible, charities may only apply once per calendar year and must choose between the Innovation Grants channel or the Community Board Grants channel. Applications may not be submitted to both grant channels in the same calendar year.

Funding criteria

For many of the most pressing social and environmental problems we now face, the solutions require a new way of thinking. Our intention is to offer funding for those “moonshot” ideas that will enable charitable organizations to create breakthrough change in their communities.

In 2023, our Innovation Grants will focus on two areas of interest:

1. Youth mental health

The percentage of children and youth experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety has doubled during the pandemic. Eating disorders and substance use have been on the rise. Young people across the country have been impacted by school closures and the lack of in-person connection with friends, mentors and loved ones. Charities offering innovative solutions to promote youth mental health and build community will help to meet the needs facing young people today and build their capacity to thrive in the future. 

2. Environmental education or climate action programs for youth

Today’s youth have come of age during a time of rapid climate change, and they have the most at stake in how society responds to it. Climate change brings economic and environmental challenges as well as opportunities, and youth who understand the issues will be better prepared to act and respond with innovative solutions. Charities offering creative approaches to climate education and action will help youth to build skills and knowledge and to be inspired to address the urgency of the climate crisis. 

Your project must address one of these focus areas and meet the following criteria: 

  • Projects must serve children or youth who face obstacles to reaching their full potential. This may include youth from marginalized or under-served communities and members of equity-deserving groups.

  • Requests for support of a new approach, or a significant change to an existing model to improve outcomes. Funds can be used to explore, test or launch innovative ideas or initiatives or to scale a program to serve a new region or audience.

  • We will give priority to projects that use technology in innovative ways to meet the needs of project participants and your community. 

  • We’re looking for impact. Your project must have clearly defined and measurable outcomes, but we understand that when testing or exploring new ways of solving a problem, you may not get it right the first time. That’s what innovation is all about.  

  • What you learn and discover through your project is important, as it sets the stage for future opportunities to hone your idea. You will be expected to share your lessons learned, successes, failures and things that changed through your project. 

Innovation Grants are available for up to $100,000 for a single-year grant or $200,000 for grants that span two years (with the second year of funding subject to organizations making sufficient progress on their identified milestones). However, not all big ideas require big budgets. We are looking for the best ideas, regardless of budget size. 

To qualify for funding, your organization must meet the following criteria:  

  • Your organization is a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity with a stated focus on serving youth

  • Your organization has not applied to any TELUS Friendly Future Foundation funding channel in the past calendar year and your organization has not received a grant from any TELUS Friendly Future Foundation funding channel within the past 24 months

Requests considered ineligible for Innovation Grant funding include: 

  • Fiduciary intermediary relationships, where a non-profit organization leverages the charitable status of another registered charity that isn’t involved in the delivery of the project

  • Community-based programs of religious organizations that are unable to show a history of non-denominational participation by the broader community

  • Programs with an active application for a TELUS Community Board grant

  • Requests for TELUS products and services or laptops, tablets and mobile phones

  • Requests for sponsorships, advertising, retroactive funding and international programs

  • Requests for capital campaigns, endowments or debt reduction campaigns

Application process:

We have a two-step application process, as follows: 

  1. Submit a Letter of Intent which provides a short outline of your project and how it meets the criteria outlined above.

  2. For projects that most closely align to our criteria, charities will be invited to submit a detailed funding application.

Application deadlines:

Please make note of the following key dates.

Letters of Intent may be submitted beginning April 12, 2023 when our application portal goes live on this page. If your project meets our criteria, you can expect to hear from us within 20 days of submitting your Letter of Intent and you will receive a unique link to complete a detailed application.

Letter of Intent deadline: June 23, 2023

If you are invited to complete a detailed application, it must be submitted by midnight in your local time zone on or before: August 15, 2023

You will receive a response on the status of your application by October 15, 2023.

Following a successful application:

Charities that receive an Innovation Grant will be expected to provide periodic progress reports and a final report on their outcomes, what they learned through the project, next steps, and whether our grant helped them to obtain funding from other sources.


 

How to get funding for a Community Board Grant

The TELUS Community Boards provide a collaborative and unique funding model enabling  local community leaders  to make recommendations on grants supporting youth across Canada. Canadian registered charities that offer community-based health, education or technology programs for youth are eligible to apply.

As one of our goals is to support as many registered charities as possible, charities may only apply once per calendar year and must choose between the Innovation Grants channel or the Community Board Grants channel. Applications may not be submitted to both grant channel in the same calendar year.

If you are looking for Community Boards located outside of Canada, please click here.

Funding criteria

To qualify for funding, your organization meets the following criteria:  

  • Your organization is a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity located and operating within a TELUS Community Board region with a stated focus on serving youth

  • Your program will achieve success with a single-year grant of up to $20,000, with the exception of the TELUS Barrie & Simcoe County Community Board whose maximum grant is $10,000

  • Your programs create measurable community health and technology outcomes

  • Your organization has not applied to any TELUS Friendly Future Foundation funding channel more than once per calendar year and your organization has not received a grant from any TELUS Friendly Future Foundation funding channel within the past 24 months

Requests considered ineligible for TELUS Community Board Grants include: 

  • Fiduciary intermediary relationships, where a non-profit organization leverages the charitable status of another registered charity

  • Community-based programs of religious organizations that are unable to show a history of non-denominational participation by the broader community

  • Programs with an active grant application to any other funding channel of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

  • Requests for TELUS products and services or laptops, tablets and mobile phones

  • Requests for sponsorships, advertising, retroactive funding and international programs

  • Requests for capital campaigns, endowments or debt reduction campaigns

Application deadlines

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

There are 3 application deadlines in 2023 for the Canadian TELUS Community Boards. Please review specific regional deadlines below.

Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 4

Application Deadline

January 13

March 24

September 15

Application Outcome Response from TELUS

March 30June 15

November 30

Community Boards Accepting Applications

Atlantic Canada

Rimouski

Quebec City

Montreal

Greater Toronto Area

Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Calgary

Edmonton

Interior & Northern BC

Vancouver & Coastal

Atlantic Canada

Rimouski

Quebec City

Montreal

Ottawa

Greater Toronto Area

Barrie and Simcoe County

Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Calgary

Edmonton

Interior & Northern BC

Vancouver & Coastal

Vancouver Island

Atlantic Canada

Rimouski

Quebec City

Montreal

Ottawa

Greater Toronto Area

Barrie and Simcoe County

Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Calgary

Edmonton

Interior & Northern BC

Vancouver & Coastal

Vancouver Island