Programme Background Born out of the Make a Difference Fund, in 2003, the Power to Make A Difference programme took its first steps toward becoming the next rewarding chapter in an ongoing history of collaboration with advocacy groups in the pursuit of building successful and sustainable societies. Since the programme’s inception, we have had the opportunity to form powerful connections; working together to help enhance the quality of lives of persons with disabilities, supporting healthcare programmes, providing opportunities for young people to realize their realest potential through sport, education, literacy, culture and the arts, and raising the bar for community investment through a wide-reaching, comprehensive staff volunteerism programme. Throughout our journey we have celebrated several milestones and achievements and we’re grateful for being part of a remarkable journey of sacrifice, accomplishment, and discovery. We are continually inspired by the alliances made, fully aware that behind the narrative and the stories of successful partnerships, are the lives of the people who we are able to help. As we look back, we look ahead; humbled by the successes, and encouraged by the opportunity to do even more as we enter the Eastern Caribbean territories and St. Maarten. In so doing, we aim to stay true to that simple oath made several years ago; the oath that beats at the heart of the Power to Make A Difference programme. “To be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.” Programme Criteria All Power to Make A Difference applicants must be registered with the local Board of Inland Revenue. They must be well managed and accountable to donors for funds received. Beneficiaries who receive funds from the Power to Make a Difference programme will have to account for the use of funds through submitted periodic expenditure reports. Funds must be used only for the purpose requested and must not be applied to other purposes without the bank’s written permission. Application Process Please note that all supporting documents must be sent via email to RBECPMAD@rfhl.com. General Information: Articles of Incorporation (where applicable) Most recent audited financial statement (within two years of current year) List of Board of Directors and copies of Identification Supporting documents for the programme/project, with quotations from relevant suppliers etc For Vehicle Requests: 3 quotations from 3 different dealerships Insurance, maintenance, and any salary for drivers must be paid for by the organization Copies of relevant permits to be submitted with the application For Construction Requests: Approved drawings must be submitted Quotations from contractors to be included Deed & Cadastral sheet to be included where relevant Recent Receipts from relevant utilities where applicable All proposals must contain clearly outlined comprehensive proposals/plans and be accompanied by the relevant quotations. In making decisions regarding contributions to our partnerships with charitable organizations, we reserve the right to request a visit to the institution to ensure the relevance of the project to the programme's focus and the organization’s eligibility for funding. For more information or to submit your proposals, please send an email to RBECPMAD@rfhl.com. Timelines The timeline for application for funding is August 3 - October 3, 2022, to be considered under the 2022/ 2023 budget. We will inform all successful applicants by October 31st, 2022. Please note that any allocated funding must be applied in the year for which it was requested and approved. Failure to do so will result in the loss of funding. For example, if we grant funds for your project to be executed in the fiscal year 2021/2022, and this is not done, your organization must reapply to the programme the following year (2022/ 2023) or thereafter. Successful applicants are required to submit interim reports on the project’s progress, as well as quarterly expenditure statements. Additionally, they must account for all funds we provide. Also, if funds are allocated for one project, they cannot be transferred to another organization or project without written permission.