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RBC After-School Grants Project calls for grant applications

Deadline to apply is February 26, 2010

TORONTO, January 15, 2010— The RBC After-School Grants Project today announced its call for grant applications for the 2010-2011 school year. In its 12th year, RBC is offering more than $2.5 million in grants to fund first-time and renewed grant recipients.

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 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 the RBC Foundation to programs in at-risk or underserved communities. The deadline for funding applications is February 26, 2010, and grant recipients will be advised by June 2010.

"Through our RBC After-School Grants Project we are looking to continue to fund the best after school programs in Canada that focus on giving kids the 3S's— safety, social skills and self esteem," said Shari Austin, executive director, RBC Foundation. "Currently RBC is funding 90 programs in 53 cities and we are hoping to expand this network in 2010."

To qualify for a grant, after-school programs should offer structured, supervised activities five days a week and focus on offering a variety of activities, such as, 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 almost $20 million via 656 grants to 198 different organizations that have helped almost 20,000 children. RBC After-School Grant applications can be downloaded from www.rbc.com/afterschool.

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Media contact:
Chethan Lakshman, RBC, (416) 974-9463, chethan.lakshman@rbc.com

Charities wishing information about RBC's After-School Grants program may contact Frances Bedford-Jones at
(416) 974-2176, frances.bedford-jones@rbc.com