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Priority Programmes

Our priority programmes, rooted in the areas of focus mentioned above are:

RBC/RBTT Young Leaders
Our flagship regional educational programme, Young Leaders began as a youth savings project in Trinidad and Tobago in 1981 and has evolved into a popular leadership development initiative among students aged 14-17 years in several Caribbean countries. In Trinidad and Tobago, the programme was renamed on June 6, 2011 to coincide with the transition to retail operations under the RBC brand.

The programme develops teamwork, communication, creativity and problem solving in the pursuit of common goals; fostering care for community and the environment; and strengthening the social, moral and economic well-being of the community.

The RBC/RBTT Young Leaders Programme has the distinction of receiving several national and international awards. Today, almost 30 years and more than 150,000 students later, RBC/RBTT Young Leaders continues to positively influence secondary school students in Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago.


RBC/RBTT Caribbean Children’s Cancer Fund
The RBC/RBTT Caribbean Children’s Cancer Fund was established in 2009 to assist cancer patients, age sixteen and under, in any region in the Caribbean where RBC and RBTT operate. RBC/RBTT has partnered with Trinidad’s Cancer Treatment Foundation (CTF) and has committed US$200,000 annually up to the year 2013 towards the cost of medical treatment for paediatric Cancer patients. As of April 30, 2011, the Fund had disbursed approximately US$228,000, making it possible for 21 biopsy specimen tests to be performed and provided treatment for 11 children across the Caribbean, ranging in age from two to 16.


RBC Blue Water Project
This is an innovative, wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water.

RBC has committed $50 million in charitable grants to not-for-profit organizations that protect watersheds and provide or ensure access to clean drinking water.


RBC After School Grants Project
This programme supports a range of structured, supervised activities that encourage social skills, academic excellence and self-esteem. The programme targets primary and secondary school students after school ends for the day.


RBC Children’s Mental Health Project
This is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programmes that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.


RBC Emerging Artists Support Programme
This programme helps young artists bridge the gap from academia to the professional world in theatre and musical performance, writing, film-making, glassmaking, curatorship, design and choreography. This area has been addressed through the sponsorship of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica. In Trinidad and Tobago, RBC is a leading sponsor of the trinidad + tobago film festival, with particular focus on an emerging filmmakers competition and talent lab. We are also pursuing film festival commitments in the Bahamas and Aruba. RBC also sponsored the Side Stage Performances at the 2011 edition of the popular Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, helping to promote that country’s up and coming musicians to an international audience


RBC Employee Volunteer Programme
Volunteering is a fundamental act of citizenship. Many of our employees volunteer their time, expertise and resources for different projects in their communities. RBC encourages employee volunteerism through initiatives such as the RBC Day of Service Grant, RBC Community Spirit Award and the RBC Employee Volunteer Grant, which gives employees opportunities to nominate their charity of choice for financial support.


RBC’s primary area of focus in sport is golf, and in the US and Canada we are sponsors of the RBC Canadian Open, PGA Tour, PGA of America, Team RBC and Team Canada, among others.

In the Caribbean, RBC supports golf tournaments in Barbados and Suriname, and we hosted the Stephen Ames Cup for junior golfers in Trinidad in 2010. In July 2011 we will be the title sponsor of the Caribbean Golf Association’s Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, taking place in Trinidad.

RBC has also been a major sponsor of Little League baseball in Aruba, Curacao/Bonaire and St. Maarten, where the sport enjoys national support, and sponsors tennis in Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname.



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