Call for 2014 RBC After School grant applications announced
TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - For over a decade, RBC has been investing
in organizations that provide kids across the country with a safe and
structured place to learn, develop social and sport skills and build
self-esteem. The RBC After School Project today announced a call for
applications for community-based organizations that offer after school
programs. A total of $3 million in grants will be available for the
2014-15 school year.
"We're focused on ensuring that kids are getting the best start possible
by providing after school opportunities to continue to learn, socialize
and grow," said Shari Austin, vice-president, Corporate Citizenship,
RBC and executive director, RBC Foundation. "The RBC After School
Project is just one of the ways we're committed to building a better
future and making a real difference in the lives of kids and families
RBC After School Project grants of up to $40,000 are provided by the RBC
Foundation to programs for at-risk or underserved communities that
offer structured, supervised activities in an environment that provides
what RBC has termed the "3 S's": safety, social skills and self-esteem.
To qualify for a grant, organizations should offer after school
activities five days a week and include a variety of programs such as
computer instruction, sports, literacy, music and art lessons,
nutritional guidance and help with homework.
The grants are determined by regional community panels made up of youth
and education experts. The deadline for applications is Friday, March
14, 2014, with results communicated to grant recipients by Friday, June
RBC has also streamlined the process for grant applications, requesting
that interested organizations submit their full application forms
online. Information, application guidelines and the new online
application system can be found at www.rbc.com/afterschool.
Since 1999, RBC has provided more than $30 million to after school
programs through 1,056 grants to 265 different organizations, helping
more than 35,000 children across Canada. The RBC After School Project
is part of the RBC Believe in Kids pledge, a five-year, $100 million
commitment to improving the well-being of one million children and
youth in Canada.
About RBC Believe in Kids Pledge
RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed
more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and
community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in
sponsorships. In 2013, the company announced the RBC Believe in Kids
pledge, a five-year, $100 million commitment to improve the well-being
of one million children and youth.
For further information:
Alicia DeBoer, Communications, RBC, 416 974-2131, email@example.com
Charities looking for information about the grants should contact:
Sandra Stewart, Corporate Donations, RBC Foundation, 416 974-6717, firstname.lastname@example.org