RBC do­nates $2.7m to school pro­grams across Canada

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TORONTO

The RBC Af­ter School Grants Project an­nounced do­na­tions to­talling $2.7 mil­lion to help 105 com­mu­ni­ty­based or­ga­ni­za­tions across Canada de­liver af­ter school pro­grams for the 2012-2013 school year.

These or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fer a di­verse range of pro­grams, in­clud­ing those for in­ner-city chil­dren and Abo­rig­i­nal youth, with ac­tiv­i­ties such as com­puter in­struc­tion, sports, lit­er­acy tu­tor­ing, mu­sic and art lessons, nu­tri­tion guid­ance, and home­work help. RBC Af­ter School Grants, rang­ing from $25,000 to $40,000, are con­sid­ered a seal of ap­proval for pro­gram providers, not only help­ing them launch or am­plify pro­gram­ming, but also en­abling them to at­tract fund­ing from other sources.

To qual­ify for an RBC grant, af­ter school pro­grams must of­fer struc­tured and su­per­vised ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren be­tween the ages of six and 17. The pro­grams must fo­cus on what RBC calls the "three Ss" -- safety, so­cial skills and self-es­teem.

Since 1999, RBC has pro­vided more than $27 mil­lion in grants to 248 com­mu­ni­ty­based, af­ter school pro­grams in Canada, help­ing al­most 29,000 chil­dren. Grant re­cip­i­ents are se­lected with the help of lo­cal ad­vi­sory pan­els. In the thir­teen years we've been fund­ing af­ter school pro­grams, we've seen first-hand how kids en­rolled in these pro­grams are more con­fi­dent and mo­ti­vated to stay in school," says Shari Austin, vice-pres­i­dent, cor­po­rate cit­i­zen­ship at RBC. We're con­fi­dent that all our new and re­turn­ing grant re­cip­i­ents will have a tremen­dous im­pact in help­ing kids re­al­ize their po­ten­tial.

Of the 105 or­ga­ni­za­tions be­ing an­nounced to­day, 22 are first-time RBC grant re­cip­i­ents, in­clud­ing boys and Girls Club of Spry­field, Fairview Site ($40,000): RBC will fund the cru­cial first year of start up for this Nova Sco­tia-based pro­gram. Whitney Pier Youth Club ($40,000): RBC will fund in­te­grated pro­grams for youth in this Nova Sco­tia community, in­clud­ing a home­work club that en­cour­ages men­tor­ship among club mem­bers. Ate­lier 850 ($40,000): RBC will fund pro­grams for 70 youth aged 6 - 16 in Quebec City de­signed to mo­ti­vate learn­ing.

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