For over a decade, Telstra Kids Fund has been supporting the little things that make a big difference to kids’ lives: everything from worm farms to reading nooks, bouncing balls to veggie patches, educational resources to arts and crafts.

Backed by the Telstra Foundation, this grassroots community program has provided thousands of grants to local non-profit groups, helping more than a million kids to play and learn.

At the heart of the program are Telstra employees who nominate where the dollars are donated and help direct the company’s philanthropic giving. Telstra Kids helps connect children with a brilliant future in the communities where Telstra staff live and work.

This week we launched our new Telstra Kids website to help take the program to new corners of the country. We have also announced an increase in annual Telstra Kids funding to one million dollars.

We know Telstra employees have a huge appetite to give, we see this everyday through the extra things Telstra people do outside of their day jobs. Things like volunteering, making donations through matched-payroll giving and backing charitable causes to make a real difference.

Telstra Kids Fund is now open to Telstra employees who can apply for a $1200 grant on behalf of a children’s non-profit organisation. If you’re a community group, consider asking around to find out if anyone associated with your group is a Telstra employee.

To find out more visit the Telstra Kids website, or check out the Telstra Kids video below.

Case study: Auslan signer at Toowong State School

Our new Telstra Kids website has loads of examples of the support we’ve provided to community groups. Here’s just one story from Saleigh De La Jara, Head of Special Education Services at Toowong State School, Queensland:

At Toowong State School, we offer mainstream education for deaf and hearing students. Students work alongside each other, accessing the curriculum through two languages: English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Thanks to a Telstra Kids Fund grant, we now have an amazing bi-lingual resource room. It’s now complete and functioning with green screen, spot lights and video camera. The new, permanent set-up means we can film quickly and easily at any time.

The Auslan signer stands in front of the green screen so they can be seen clearly while they’re filmed. Homework tasks are filmed weekly by a native signer and downloaded for students who need to receive visual instructions at home. When students need to do their school assignments and present in Auslan, they can be filmed by a staff member.