RBC After-School Grants Program calls for grant applications



    Deadline to apply is March 2, 2009

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - The RBC After-School Grants Program today
announced its call for grant applications for the 2009-2010 school year. In
its 11th year, RBC is offering more than $2 million in grants to fund
first-time and renewed grant recipients.
    "Research tells us the average child between the ages of nine and 12 has
approximately 67 hours of discretionary time each week - more time than they
actually spend in school," said Shari Austin, executive director, RBC
Foundation. "Through this program we are committed to making a positive impact
in communities across Canada and are pleased that 89 per cent of our grant
recipients have reported an increase in skill achievement in areas like
academics, arts and sports. In addition, almost two-thirds of our grant
recipients have seen improved changes in behaviour such as increased
peer-to-peer interaction and self-esteem."
    The grants are awarded by regional panels made up of youth and education
experts to a limited number of community-based charitable organizations. Each
organization should have a mandate to keep students in grades K-12 safe as
well as positively engaged through an enriched curriculum after their classes
end each day. RBC After-School Grants of up to $40,000 are provided by RBC
Foundation. The deadline for funding applications is March 2, 2009 and grant
recipients will be advised by June 2009.
    To qualify for a grant, after-school programs should offer structured,
supervised activities in an environment that provides what RBC calls the
"3Ss": safety, social skills and self-esteem. Other activities that programs
should also offer include computer instruction, sports, literacy tutoring,
music and art lessons, nutrition guidance, and help with homework.

    RBC has been funding after-school programs since 1999, with more than $17
million via 566 grants to 182 different organizations that have helped 17,000
children. RBC After-School Grant applications can be downloaded from
www.rbc.com/afterschool.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Suzanne Willers, RBC, (416)
974-2727; Charities wishing information about RBC's After-School Grants
program may contact Frances Bedford-Jones at (416) 974-2176


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