RBC Play Hockey™ – Guidelines

RBC Play Hockey™ Grants Application Guidelines

RBC Play Hockey™ Grants will fund Learn to Skate programs that keep hockey vibrant in communities across Canada

The RBC Play Hockey Grants are funded by Royal Bank of Canada. Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries who operate under the global RBC® brand are committed to supporting endeavors that empower organizations to make a difference in their communities and inspire others. Grants are intended to strengthen sport and wellbeing in the communities where RBC companies do business.


In 2014 Royal Bank of Canada ("RBC") will distribute up to $200,000 CDN in funds dedicated to the Program.

Process: How to apply

Applications will only be received via email (rbcplayhockeygrants@gotoguys.net). The application form is found at rbcplayhockey.com. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria:

The greatest priority will be given to proposals that focus on teaching children how to skate.

Grant applications may be for funding ongoing program operations, program initiation or development.

All successful Grant recipients and their communities will also receive:

Select Grant recipients and their communities may also receive:

Process: Application Review

Once annually (see Submission Period/Program Year), the Selection Committee ("Committee") will evaluate applications for the Program Grants.

Any organization that meets the eligibility criteria (see Eligibility: Who can apply) may submit an application. Only fully completed applications will be reviewed by the Committee.

The Committee is comprised of individuals selected by RBC, in its sole discretion, who have a particular expertise or knowledge in sport of hockey and/or in the development and organization of grassroots hockey or community programming. Once the Committee has reviewed eligible applications the Committee will make its decisions, which decisions are final and binding in all respects and not subject to appeal. Only applicants being given final consideration for grants will be notified by telephone and in writing to ensure acceptance of these Guidelines. With Grant recipient approval, and only in connection with this Program, Grant recipient names and program details will be publicly recognized.

Applications will not be carried forward to future Program Years.

Eligibility: Who Can Apply

Community organizations, teams or clubs that meet the following requirements are eligible for the RBC Play Hockey Grants Program:

RBC does not provide Grants to support:

Submission Period/ Program Year

The RBC Play Hockey Grants Program will run from November 25, 2013 to May 23, 2014 (“Program Year”).

Applications will be received via email at rbcplayhockeygrants@gotoguys.net beginning November 25, 2013 and applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. E.T. on May 23, 2014 to be eligible for consideration for the 2014 Program Year.

Grants will be awarded once in each Program Year. The Committee will select Grant recipients in June 2014 with successful recipients notified in August 2014.

Only one Grant will be awarded per recipient per Program Year.

Only applicants being given final consideration for grants will be contacted.

Applications will not be carried forward to future Program Years.

Privacy/ Right to Publicize

Information submitted with an application will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for a Grant under this Program. With consent, RBC and the Committee may also seek third party verification of application content including, but not limited to, testimonials and references. RBC has the right to publicize the details of any Grants it awards under the Program. This many include but is not limited to, making public the name of the organization, the amount of the Grant and details of the program in news releases or publications, on RBC websites, the RBC Play Hockey Facebook page or in other social media or in interviews RBC grants to media. By submitting an application the applicant agrees to such collection, use and publication without further compensation.

For further information regarding the RBC privacy policy, visit www.rbc.com/privacysecurity.

Conditions of Entry

The applicant warrants that the information presented in the application is true, complete and accurate to the best of the applicant's knowledge.

If necessary, the applicant will provide confirmation of any material fact or information contained in the application and, if requested by the Committee, provide additional supporting documentation or other relevant information to enable the Committee to make its decision.

The applicant warrants that he/she has the authority to speak for and bind the organization on whose behalf he/she is submitting the Grant application and that the applicant has consent of the organization to submit this application. The applicant and the organization he/she represents, grant Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries and agents the right to use any of the materials provided by the applicant for promotional, media, and broadcast purposes in relation to the Program without further compensation.

If RBC determines that the information contained in an application is false or inaccurate, RBC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to declare the application ineligible.

Judging Process: How the Voting Process Works

At the conclusion of the submission period during the Program year, the Committee will vote on the eligible submissions using a points system based on criteria set out above (Selection Criteria). The applications with the highest total points will be awarded Grants, subject to confirmation of eligibility and agreement to the terms of these Guidelines.

Recipient Responsibilities

Grant recipients will be required to prepare a final report on the use of the funds and highlighting successes, challenges and plans for the future. A template of the final report will be provided to grant recipients to complete. A completed report, satisfactory to RBC, must be submitted prior to receiving the remaining portion of the Grant. The final report must demonstrate that the Grant funds have been utilized as contemplated by the original Grant application.

Other Matters

No responsibility is assumed by RBC, its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, its respective directors, officers, employees and assigns, for any disruption to telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software or failure of any entry to be received because of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, as well as lost, incomplete, destroyed, misdirected, illegible or late entries which for any reason are not received.

Submissions shall not be returned.


By submitting a Grant application under this Program, the applicant agrees to hold RBC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns, harmless from and against any and all claims and liability arising out of or in any way connected with the operation of this Program and use of any Grant. Applicants assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Program or use of a Grant.

This Program and these Guidelines shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein. Any litigation must be initiated in the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Submission of an application constitutes acceptance of and agreement to these Guidelines.

This Program is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.