Royal Bank RugbyForce 2023
Royal Bank RugbyForce, now in its fifteenth year of delivery, continues to support grassroots rugby clubs up and down the country to achieve their goals and build greener futures. Since its launch, more than half a million pounds has been distributed directly benefiting 75 percent of rugby clubs in Scotland.
Royal Bank RugbyForce has opened applications for its 2023 programme, inviting rugby clubs from across Scotland to apply for funding to help them tackle climate change.
Delivered in partnership with Scottish Rugby, 10 winning clubs will receive a £3,000 ‘Regeneration’ grant which can be used to kickstart their climate action.
Winning applications could include efforts to tackle waste and carbon emissions as well as community action to improve the local environment such as planting new trees, wildlife conservation or beach clean ups.
In addition to the £30,000 prize fund for the top 10 applications, Royal Bank will also award a further £25,000 shared between up to 100 runner-up clubs in recognition of the importance of taking climate action.
The £55,000 of funding being made available to clubs is the largest amount since the programme began in 2009.
In supplement of the funding, every rugby club in Scotland – which is in excess of 260 clubs – will receive access to a free digital toolkit, packed with information and top tips from Royal Bank climate experts on how to ensure their clubs are making a meaningful difference to the planet.
Young Ambassador Programme
Following on from the success of last year’s nationwide programme, Royal Bank and Scottish Rugby will once again roll out the Young Ambassador programme.
A new squad of 15 Young Ambassadors, aged 18–35-years-old, will be elected to represent their club and supported with £500 to deliver a project of their choosing which aims to make positive environmental change.
The new squad will be selected from all five Scottish Rugby regions and will be chosen based on meeting criteria on how they would utilise the grant, as well as the community work they are currently delivering through their local club.
All successful clubs and Young Ambassador applicants will be announced in July.