RBC Blue Water Project commits $1 million to help rebuild Haiti infrastructure Canada NewsWire, 22 January 2010, 569 Words, (English) TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ — TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ – RBC today announced that the RBC Blue Water Project will commit $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 in the country.
The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help foster a culture of water stewardship, so that people have clean fresh water today and tomorrow.
Part of the RBC Blue Water Project is a grant program of $50 million over ten years. Through the RBC Blue Water Project, we will also:
- Reduce the intensity of RBC’s own water footprint;
- Embark on education and awareness programs for employees and clients to promote sustainable water use and create an understanding of the value and vulnerability of our water resources;
- Increase our ability to provide financial services to innovative water technology companies and water-related services, and encourage the growth of this business sector;
- Encourage other organizations to get involved, fostering collaboration among and between all sectors.
As of January 1, 2010 RBC is accepting applications for RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants. Eligible organizations with programs dedicated to watershed protection or access to clean drinking water may apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000, using a form available online.
Applications are due at 5 p.m., EDT,
March 12, 2010. Successful applicants will be advised in early June, 2010.