RBC Blue Water Project offers two levels of grants:
Community Action Grants: These grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are awarded to local or community-based organizations in Canada, the United States or the Caribbean. We have established an application deadline for Community Action Grants, rather than accepting applications year round. This will allow us to review all applications in a fair and consistent manner. The 2014 Community Action Grant application is now available. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.
Leadership Grants: These grants range from $10,001 to $100,000 and are awarded to organizations that are leaders in providing programs in North America and other countries where RBC does business. Interested organizations must submit an Expression of Interest, available now. If your project qualifies for additional consideration, we will invite you to submit a formal RBC Blue Water Leadership Grant Application. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is December 20, 2013.
In 2013-2014, the RBC Blue Water Project will focus on supporting initiatives that help protect and preserve water in towns, cities and urbanized areas with populations of more than 10,000 people that focus on:
Improved control and management of urban storm or rain water
Efficient and innovative use (or capture and reuse) of water in towns and cities
Protection and restoration of urban waterways
Improved urban water quality
Funded projects are expected to achieve measureable outcomes such as:
Increased riparian green space and aquatic habitat
Reduced damage from flooding
Reduced energy consumption in the use or treatment of water
Reduced rate of water runoff
Increase water absorption through natural landscape or infiltration
Reduced water pollution
Improved water quality of beaches
Reduction in public health risks caused by polluted water
Decreased use of potable water for landscaping, toilet flushing, and other industrial uses
Increased knowledge or awareness about water management in urban areas
Organizations applying for RBC Blue Water Project grants must be
a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charity or other qualified donee in Canada
be an IRS 501 (c)3 charity in the United States
or if outside Canada or the United States, have official charitable status as designated by local regulatory authorities.
RBC doesn't accept applications from any of the groups mentioned as exclusions in our general donations guidelines, nor from post-secondary institutions that have received capital funding from RBC in the last ten years.