RBC Foundation USA
How to Apply for a Grant

We share the ultimate goal of investing in a thriving collective future. Beyond financial support, we strive to build trusted, long-term relationships with our nonprofit partners.


Our Investment Approach Combines Focus and Rigor with Bold Ambition

Identify issues and strategic impact

Fund innovative and change-making programs

Support ideas with potential to scale


Our Partnerships

We are committed to creating real, lasting impact. To do this, we build trusted relationships with partner organizations who ensure this happens where it is needed most.

All Stars Project Inc.
American Red Cross
Boys & Girls Club of America
Children of Fallen Patriots
Crisis Text Line
Hispanic Federation
iMentor
The Jed Foundation
Jersey City Medical Center
National Alliance on Mental Health
National Eating Disorder Association
Play Rugby USA
Ronald McDonald House New York
The TEAK Fellowship
Trust for Public Land

How to Apply for a Grant

To maximize impact, we focus our support in three areas: Youth Success: Mental Wellbeing; Youth Success: Pathway Programs and Mentorship Opportunities; and the Environment. Learn more about our areas of focus, eligibility and how to apply.

Population:

  • Ages 10-24
  • General youth population
  • Youth from marginalized communities

We fund programs for youth who may suffer from trauma or stressor-related disorders that:

  • Support the full continuum of mental health care
  • Provide awareness and access to timely, evidenced-based interventions
  • Provide a traditional or innovative solution to deliver support services
  • Support preventative, triage or maintenance mental wellbeing programs
  • Provide enrichment opportunities through the arts

Population:

  • Ages 16-24
  • At-risk youth
  • Opportunity youth (out of school and work)

We fund programs that:

  • Provide skills and resources needed to transition to post-high school opportunities
  • Provide exposure to various career opportunities, including the arts
  • Enable mentorship relationships
  • Innovative approaches to helping youth succeed post-high school

Population:

  • Ages 16-24

We fund programs that provide the skills required for the future of work in the green economy.

We fund programs in the United States only. We are particularly interested in funding programs with a national reach. In addition, our funding supports programs in the below locations:

  • Boston
  • Denver
  • San Francisco
  • Charlotte
  • Houston
  • Wilmington
  • Chicago
  • Jersey City
  • Cleveland
  • Minneapolis
  • Dallas
  • New York

We Fund:

  • Organizations with certified tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
  • Projects or programs that align with the three focus areas, and take place in U.S. communities where RBC Capital Markets has a presence
  • Charitable organizations that provide direct community benefit
  • Programs with measurable social outcomes

We Do Not Fund The Following Entities:

  • Individuals (including for the purpose of scholarships or sponsoring in charity events)
  • Sports teams (unless Qualified Donees)
  • Political organizations or parties
  • Private foundations and corporate foundations
  • Flow through organizations, such as community foundations, unless for programmatic support*
  • Private schools (private, charter or independent, fee-based schools)
  • Charitable organizations within an optional RBC Hiatus Period*
  • Charitable organizations with which RBC is already in a pledge position*
  • Trade associations, advocacy organizations**, chambers of commerce and professional organizations
  • Organizations with values, purpose, policies or practices in conflict with RBC values
  • Organizations appearing on a money laundering or terrorist financing list
  • Organizations appearing on a formal hate list
  • Organizations that are registered in sanctioned countries

* Not applicable for Employee Citizenship Engagement activities
** Organizations that have a political leaning, political activities greater than 10% of expenses, or clear partisan messaging related to a cause or issues

  1. Express Interest Phase:
    • Rather than completing a grant application upfront, we invite you to express interest in our funding opportunities. Click here to begin.
  2. Assessment and Invitation:
    • Our team will review your expression of interest within 30 days.
  3. If we believe there’s a strong fit, we will extend an invitation to a grant portal to submit a full application.

Please send any questions to FoundationUSA@RBCCM.com

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