RBC Foundation – USA Grant (Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area)
Grants to Twin Cities Area, Minnesota Nonprofits for Education,
Mental Health, Human Services, Arts, and Civic Programs
Mental Health, Human Services, Arts, and Civic Programs
Foundation / Corporation
RBC Foundation – USA
Grants to Twin Cities area, Minnesota nonprofit organizations for community benefit projects in the funding source's service area. Priority funding is intended for K-12 education and children's mental health, but may also be requested for human services, arts and culture, and civic programs. Funding area details include:
Education: Education grants are focused on programs that prepare K-12 students for future success. RBC concentrates giving on programs that fall within one of the following three areas, with a priority focus on after school programs:
- RBC After School Grants programs (Priority focus)
- Structured, supervised academic mentoring or college-preparatory activities/programs
- Youth financial literacy programs
Preference will be given to community-based organizations with multiple program partners and volunteers and that have broad participant appeal within a community.
After School Program requests will be evaluated based on the following:
- Improve academic achievement of students;
- Increase students’ self-esteem through skill development activities rather than free play time;
- Reinforce basic social skills such as cooperation, team-building and conflict resolution to help youth begin to develop workplace competencies;
- Focus on activities such as mentoring, tutoring, literacy education, music and art lessons, computer instruction and homework help;
- Encourage and develop partnerships between home, schools and the community;
- Are financially accessible with no or very low participation fees;
- Provide a safe environment;
- Assist at-risk or underserved communities.
Health: Health grants are exclusively directed to the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project, a program that focuses on early intervention, reducing stigma and increasing public awareness. Children's Mental Health program proposals focus on early intervention and public education/awareness.
Early Intervention programs are evaluated as follows:
- Focused on the most prevalent childhood and adolescent mental illnesses including anxiety, conduct disorders and mood disorders;
- Evidence-based programs validated by documented scientific evidence and supported by scientifically sound studies that have demonstrated consistently positive outcomes;
- Facilitated though a community-based organization that is collaborating with all levels of service providers (including government) to provide an integrated model of service delivery; and
- Focused on children and youth between the ages of 0 to 18.
Public education programs are evaluated as follows:
- Educate parents on how to access appropriate services;
- Educate teachers and health care professionals on how to identify the signs of mental health problems and learn how to take early action;
- Educate the public, including adults, youth, and children on the nature and prevalence of children's mental health issues and how to access help; or
- Increase awareness and reduce stigma.
Human Services: To foster economic independence and promote self-sufficiency, the Foundation focuses on:
- Organizations providing emergency food, shelter and basic needs;
- Adult literacy and employment training programs;
- Programs that serve at-risk youth through advocacy or job skill and readiness training.
Arts and Culture: RBC believes that the arts reflect RBC's culture and enrich the quality of life in the communities where RBC employees and clients live. The Foundation’s emphasis is on the following two areas: RBC Emerging Artists Project (Priority Program), or programs providing arts access for diverse populations.
The Emerging Artists program supports initiatives that help artists in their early years of development and that bridge the gap between their academic experiences to professional careers in the arts. Grants are intended to support programs and initiatives that:
- Support artists who are at an early stage in their careers, have completed their basic training and have created a modest independent body of work;
- Are on-going and sustainable (i.e. not one-time events);
- Educate and raise awareness about the importance of the arts;
- Provide emerging artists with the opportunity to demonstrate their talent publicly (performance or exhibition), and/or to provide a connection to professional contacts (agents, publishers, etc);
- Provide a structured curriculum of mentorship and training, typically for a period of three to six months, although shorter more intensive programming may be considered;
- Provide an opportunity for interaction between the professional staff, visiting artists and the Emerging Artists; Serve as a bridge between senior academic programs and the professional world; and/or
- Engage the broader community in the art form, through free performances or programming to underserviced or rural communities.
Civic Programs: RBC is committed to promoting economic growth and community diversity. The Foundation focuses on citizenship and support for newcomers, and community economic development.
Multi-year commitments are generally not supported.
Organizations must have the following:
- Their 501(c)3 registered nonprofit status for a minimum of three years;
- A minimum annual operating budget of $100,000; and
- An established relationship with an RBC Wealth Management employee, preferably board involvement.
Educational programs must follow the following guidelines:
- After school programs must operate five days per week, Monday through Friday inclusive.
- Programming must be provided in the after school hours from the close of the regular classroom schedule until at least 5:00 PM.
- RBC After-School Grants may not be used to fund morning, lunch, evening or weekend programs.
- Organizations may deliver programs in multiple locations, but funding will be directed to only one program location.
- After school programs must begin no later than October.
- Organizations must demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion and must actively respect cultural and other differences in program participants.
The Foundation Grant Program generally does not support:
- Capital and endowment campaigns;
- Multi-year commitments; or
- Start-up organizations
The Foundation Grant Program does not fund:
- Charitable Sponsorships (including golf tournaments)
- Fundraising events (e.g. dinners, benefits or sporting events)
- Athletic teams, events or scholarships
- Direct grants to individuals, including scholarships, travel and related expenses
- Religious, political, fraternal organizations, service clubs, or third-party organizations that raise funds for charity
- Individual pursuits
- Private (fee based) elementary or secondary schools
- Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in a significant project benefiting the entire community
- Endowment or memorial campaigns
- Advertising or promotional campaigns
- Travel-related events, including student trips or tours
- The creation or repair of statues, monuments, art works or beautification projects
- The publication of books or movie productions
- Private foundations
- Capital campaigns
- Academic, medical or scientific research
- Non-501(c)(3) organizations
- Organizations that may present a reputational risk to the firm; or
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other legally protected status.
2017 Deadlines are January 31 and June 30.
Funding decisions on all grant applications will be communicated in approximately 90 days of the deadline date.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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USA: Minnesota: Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area
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