Grants from RBC Blue Water Project

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

Launched in 2007 by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. The Project supports initiatives that help protect water in growing towns and cities. The centrepiece of the Project is a $50 million charitable commitment to support organisations that are working to protect water in our growing towns and cities. The Project provides grants in regions where RBC has a business footprint. This year, RBC is celebrating the wrap-up of the Blue Water Project, their 10-year, $50 million commitment to freshwater initiatives; and refreshing our environmental donations strategy for the future. In 2018, they will continue to support charitable partners with donations. Specifically, they will be funding projects that are aligned to two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 6 related to Clean Water and SDG 13 related to Climate Action.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are: (1) organisations that are registered charities in their jurisdictions; (2) projects or programs that take place in communities where RBC has a business presence; (3) charitable organisations that provide direct community service; (4) websites and other communication vehicles that deliver a specific service-related program; and (5) programs with measurable social outcomes.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

Applicants can request up to $20,000.

5) Application

The application or proposal needs to contain each of the following items: (1) a brief statement of your organisation’s history, goals and accomplishments to date; (2) an outline of the project for which you are requesting funding; (3) a project budget showing anticipated expenses and incomes List of other committed or approached donors, including government sources; (4) most recent audited financial statements (must be less than a year old); (5) list of the Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet members if applicable; and (6) cultural organisations should submit their most recent 12-month audience statistics. The environmental donations application will be open from February 2018 until September 1, 2018.