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RBC After-School Grants Program calls for grant applications

Deadline to apply is March 2, 2009

TORONTO, January 14, 2009 — 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.

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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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