Deadline: February 3, 2012
Royal Bank of Canada is accepting applications for the RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant program, which is designed to provide funding for projects related to watershed protection and access to safe drinking water.
The RBC Blue Water Project is a ten-year, $50 million philanthropic commitment to support organizations that are committed to watershed protection and access to clean drinking water. Since 2007, RBC has committed more than $32 million in single and multi-year grants to over four hundred and fifty organizations.
Project Leadership Grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 are available for projects in any of the regions in which RBC has branches, including Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and the British Isles.
Watershed protection programs and projects should focus on the protection and restoration of sensitive natural areas, community-based watershed stewardship, sustainable water use and conservation, or watershed awareness. Drinking water programs and projects should focus on making sure communities have access to clean, safe drinking water, when and where it is needed.
Applicant organizations must have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in the U.S.,or be a CRA federally registered charity, or be considered a qualified recipient under the Canadian Income Tax Act in Canada. If outside the U.S. or Canada, applicants must have official charitable status as designated by local regulatory authorities.
In addition to Leadership Grants, RBC offers Blue Water Community Action Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for watershed protection efforts by local and community nonprofit organizations (including public schools) in Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean. These grants are intended to support grassroots initiatives to improve water resources in the community or region, and to help educate children, youth, and others in the community about the importance of watersheds. Applications for Community Action Grants are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.