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A wave of support: RBC calls for Blue Water Project Grant applications

Grants range from $25,000 to $500,000 with an application deadline of March 12, 2010

TORONTO, February 3, 2010— Applications are now being accepted for the RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants. These grants will provide funding for projects related to watershed protection and access to safe drinking water.

RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants range from $25,000 to $500,000 and are eligible for any local, regional, national or trans-border organizations with projects in any of the countries in which RBC is located, including Canada, the United States, Caribbean and the British Isles.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 12, 2010, and grant recipients will be notified by June 30, 2010.

The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year, $50 million philanthropic commitment to support organizations that are committed to watershed protection and providing access to clean drinking water. Since 2007, RBC has committed more than $20.48 million in single and multi-year grants to 155 organizations worldwide. This includes $1 million to support the efforts of ONE DROP and Oxfam to provide access to water and sanitation to the people of Haiti and rebuild small water and sanitation infrastructure damaged in January's devastating earthquake.

For more information and to download an online application form, please visit rbc.com/bluewater.

RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is included on the Dow Jones World and North American Sustainability Indices, the Jantzi Social Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking. In 2009, RBC contributed more than $105 million to community causes worldwide, through donations of more than $52.6 million, and an additional $52.5 million in sponsorship of community events and national organizations.

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Matthew Gierasimczuk,
RBC Media Relations, (416) 974-2124