Making a Splash to Help Protect the World's Water

    RBC Blue Water Project donates $4.1 Million to 31 Organizations Around
    the World

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - RBC today announced its latest round of RBC Blue
Water Project Leadership Grant recipients. Thirty-one organizations, selected
out of 159 applicants from around the world, will share more than $4,194,000
million in grants for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access
to clean drinking water. Recipients will deliver programs in Canada, the
United States and the British Isles.
    "Once again, we were pleased by the quality of grant applications in this
second year of the RBC Blue Water Project," said Gordon M. Nixon, president
and CEO, RBC. "It's gratifying to see that there's such a vital network of
organizations who share our concern for water and that so many people are
doing critical, on-the-ground work protecting fresh water resources
    "It was a daunting exercise to evaluate and choose from the 159
applications," said Rob de Loe, professor and University Research Chair in
Water Policy and Governance, University of Waterloo, and chair of the RBC Blue
Water Project Advisory Panel. "We were looking for innovative, collaborative
programs that would provide a significant, measurable environmental and social
impact. I'm confident that the 31 finalists represent a strong-cross section
of local, regional and national programs that will result in better protection
for watersheds and improved access to clean drinking water."
    The RBC Blue Water Project is intended help foster a culture of water
stewardship in Canada and abroad and includes a 10-year, $50 million
philanthropic commitment to programs supporting watershed protection and
access to clean drinking water. Since 2007, RBC has committed more than $20.48
million in single and multi-year grants to 155 organizations, including the 31
announced today.

    RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental
leaders and is included on the Dow Jones World and North American
Sustainability Indices, the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the
Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations ranking. RBC is among 67 companies
and one of only 18 financial institutions worldwide named to the 2008 Global
Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. RBC contributed $99 million to community
causes worldwide in 2008, through donations of more than $51.5 million, and an
additional $47.5 million in sponsorship of community events.
    Applications for the 2010 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants are
due in March 2010. Applications for Community Action Grants are accepted
year-round. For more information on the RBC Blue Water Project, as well as
grant guidelines and application forms, visit

    For a full list of recipients go to:

    Note: Financial references in Canadian dollars unless otherwise

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For further information: Media contact: Matthew Gierasimczuk, RBC Media
Relations, (416) 974-2124

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