Wanted: Creative ideas to help nature thrive in communities across Canada

Now accepting applications for up to $7,000
from WWF-Canada's Go Wild Community Grants presented by TELUS

TORONTO, April 5, 2016 /CNW/ - As Canadians welcome spring, WWF-Canada is pleased to accept new ideas for action-oriented community projects that protect, restore, monitor, educate or celebrate nature as part of its Go Wild Community Grants program presented by TELUS.  Applicants are encouraged to build their idea around what connecting to nature means to them.

WHAT: Go Wild Community Grants presented by TELUS range from $1,000 to $7,000Go Wild projects already taking place include activities that:

  • Engage youth to connecting community to environmental issues and solutions to protect nature;
  • Track and monitor native species through volunteer initiatives;
  • Increase pollinator plants throughout  communities, including backyards;
  • Restore nesting habitats for bats and birds through community bat and bird building workshops;
  • Host a nature event and invite the community to participate in planting;
  • Create a community pollinator gardens and organize nature walks.

For more stories about projects already funded visit the Go Wild blog.

WHEN: Go Wild applications are now open and close May 13, 2016.

WHERE: Open to all individuals and groups across the country.

HOW:  Visitwwf.ca/gowild to apply.

About World Wildlife Fund Canada

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that wildlife, nature and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more info visit wwf.ca

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.3 billion of annual revenue and 13.9 million customer connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.1 million wireline network access lines, 1.5 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 954,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $396 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered and more than 6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and will have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,800 local charitable projects by the end of 2015, enriching the lives of more than 2.1 million children and youth. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.


For further information: Rowena Calpito, communications specialist, rcalpito@wwfcanada.org, +1 416-489-4567 ext. 7267


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