RBC After-School Grants Program invites the Greater Montreal-based charitable organizations to apply for 2008-2009 grant program

    Deadline for applications is April 28, 2008

    MONTREAL, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - In its tenth year, the RBC After-School
Grants Program is offering up to $2.5 million in grants, $900,000 of which is
set aside to fund as many as 23 first-time grant recipients for the 2008-2009
school year.
    "Research tells us the average child between the ages of 9 and 12 has
approximately 67 hours of discretionary time each week. This is more time than
they actually spend in school," said Karen Leggett, Vice-president and
Regional Operating Officer, RBC Quebec Headquarters. "We are very pleased that
in our tenth year we will donate almost $2.5 million to help ensure students
in communities across Canada have better access to positive and meaningful
after-school activities where they can learn and participate in programs
within supervised and safe environments."
    RBC After-School Grants are provided by RBC Foundation and range between
$25,000 and $40,000. The grants are awarded by regional panels made up of
youth and education experts to a limited number of community-based charitable
organizations with 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. The deadline for funding applications is April 28, 2008 and grant
recipients will be advised by July 2008.
    To qualify for a grant, after-school programs should offer structured,
supervised activities in an environment that provides what RBC has termed 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 homework-help.
    RBC has been funding after-school programs since 1999, with more than
$14.8 million given through 471 grants to 157 different organizations that
have helped more than 14,000 children. After-School Grant applications can be
downloaded from www.rbc.com/afterschool.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Raymond Chouinard, Manager,
Media Relations, (514) 874-6556; Charities wishing information about RBC's
After-School Grants program may contact Estelle Lapointe at 514 874-8295

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