Call for Applications for RBC After-School
Deadline to apply is March 12, 2012
TORONTO, January 17, 2012 RBC today announced
its call for grant applications for the 2012-2013 school year.
The RBC After-School Grants Project is offering more than
$2 million in grants to fund first-time and renewed
The grants are awarded by regional community panels made
up of experts in the fields of youth and education. Each organization
should have a mandate to keep students in grades K-12 safe
and positively engaged through an enriched curriculum when
their classes end each day. RBC After-School grants of up
to $40,000 are provided by the RBC Foundation to programs
in at-risk or underserved communities. The deadline for funding
applications is March 12, 2012, and grant recipients will
be advised by June 2012.
According to a recent RBC online survey of parents, more
than a third (36.4 per cent) worry about what their children
are doing after school each day. Forty per cent of parents
said they are not at home between the end of the school day
and dinnertime. For some parents, after-school programs are
a safe and trusted alternative to their child being home alone.
When asked what the top three reasons are why they enrolled
their child in a formal after-school program, parents said
these programs provide supervision (75 per cent), a safe environment
(55 per cent) and teach social skills and team building activities
(35 per cent).
To qualify for a grant, after-school programs should offer
structured, supervised activities five days a week and include
a variety of programs such as computer instruction, sports,
literacy, music and art lessons, nutrition guidance, and help
RBC has been funding after-school programs since 1999, with
over $25 million through 845 grants to 227 different organizations
that have helped more than 24,000 children. RBC After-School
Grant applications can be downloaded from rbc.com/afterschool.
- 30 -
RBC, (416) 974-1724
Charities looking for information about the grants program
RBC, (416) 974-6717