Optus Community Grants

Yes! To helping youth across Australia

Optus Community Grants have been supporting organisations that help vulnerable young Australians since 2008. So far, 237 grants have been given out, and over $1.5 million has been donated. We’re really inspired by the work that takes place across Australia and extremely proud to help the helpers.

The 2014 application process is now closed. We received a fantastic response with 665 applications from organisations telling us about the work they do to help vulnerable young Australians. Read about the 2014 recipients in the Grants Awarded section.


People's Choice

Yes! to even more support for youth.

We asked for your vote and your clicks have decided who received the additional money for the People’s Choice Awards.

The People’s Choice Awards are an extension of the Optus Community Grants program where your vote decided which of four organisations would receive an extra $10,000 to help young people in their local area. The remaining three organisations will receive an additional $2,000 for taking part.

Congratulations to the Safe Futures Foundation in Victoria who will receive an additional $10,000 for their education facility which supports children escaping violence. Its aim is to break the cycle of violence for young people and keep them connected with education. This project ensures that students are able to continue with education despite being affected by homelessness as a result of family violence in their home.

Despite missing out on $10,000, these three organisations will each receive an additional $2,000 towards helping young people in their local area:

  • MTC Australia for its work at Warakirri College
  • Intework WA for working with young people with a disability find employment opportunities
  • i-Manifest for providing pathways for marginalised young people to pursue careers in the creative industries.


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