RBC Announces 2012 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant Recipients

Jul 12, 2012 | Corporate Member News

 More than $4.4 million in funding to go to 30 organizations worldwide

 RBC announces its 2012 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant recipients

Thirty organizations from five countries, selected from 219 applicants from around the world, will share $4.4 million in grants for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce congratulates the work that is being done by several Manitoba based organizations who have collaborated with the Chambers’ policy on Lake Winnipeg’s management strategy.

Special congratulations go to Lake Friendly as well as the Red River Basin Commission for their successful grant toward this effort as well as CIER, a Winnipeg based organization with a national reach and Wildsight, working in Manitoba.   We applaud all of the fine work being done on this important effort and thank the RBC Blue Water Fund as well as the RBC Royal Bank for their commitment to this important issue.

“We can’t afford to become complacent when it comes to caring about water,” said Gordon M. Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. “Since launching the RBC Blue Water Project in 2007, we have now committed more than $42 million in grants to some 500 organizations around the world that care about protecting water. I congratulate this newest group of grant recipients. Their work is critical to the protection of the world’s valuable water resources and we are proud to support them in their efforts.”

RBC’s 2012 grant recipients are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and China and work on a wide range of projects involving water restoration, conservation, management and education.

 “We received an unprecedented 219 applications for funding this year, asking for a total of more than $40 million for projects around the world,” said Rob de Loë, professor and University Research Chair in Water Policy and Governance, University of Waterloo, and chair of the RBC Blue Water Project Advisory Panel. “It was a challenge to whittle down the list to 30 recipients, given the number and quality of applicants, and our Advisory Panel is confident that RBC is funding some of the best programs out there.”

The grants announced today are in addition to recent announcements of a $2 million grant to the RBC Queen’s Water Initiative and a $500,000 grant to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Rivers Initiative.

The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year, $50 million philanthropic commitment to supporting organizations that protect watersheds and ensure access to clean drinking water in Canada and abroad. Grant guidelines, application forms and more information about the RBC Blue Water Project can be found at www.rbc.com/bluewater.

2012 RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants


Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach: A $50,000 grant will help the municipality test lake-friendly practices and showcase successes, with a goal of reducing the nutrient load entering the Lake Winnipeg watershed.  Congratulations to Lake Friendly.

Red River Basin Commission*: A $50,000 grant will help support the engagement of First Nations in the Commission’s project to reduce nutrient loading and flood damage in the Red River and Lake Winnipeg watershed through the creation of hydrologic models that will support local watershed management decisions.


Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER): CIER will receive a $300,000 grant for “Our Water – Our Future”, a new program that will build leadership among First Nations’ youth, protect source water and promote community awareness about watersheds. CIER helps build capacity within First Nation communities so that they can address environmental issues.  CIER is based in Winnipeg with a national reach.

Evergreen: A $500,000 grant will support efforts to implement a multi-faceted water strategy over the next five years that will include watershed stewardship, education and public awareness and community action programming across Canada. The grant will also support Evergreen’s Watershed Champions & Awards Program.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society: A $300,000 grant will help establish the Canadian Freshwater Alliance (CFA), a group of organizations that will elevate the importance of water health, creating public and political attention about the need to protect Canada’s water resources. The grant will help CFA build a communication and public engagement strategy for water stewards across the country, to help improve the effectiveness of their initiatives.

Jane Goodall Institute*: A $225,000 grant will support Project Blue: Roots & Shoots for Aboriginal Youth, a new program to raise awareness among Aboriginal youth in Canada and the U.S. about water issues through community-based activities that protect local watersheds and promote sustainable water use.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre: A grant of $100,000 will support the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, encouraging people to remove shoreline litter and help create healthy waters. In addition, the funds will help expand their educational program into Quebec.

Wildsight: A grant of $100,000 will support the Living Lakes Canada Network, to encourage Canadians to protect lakes, as well as provide training in standardized water monitoring and capacity building in watershed stewardship in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Other RBC Blue Water Grants can be found here….

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