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August 24. 2013 9:22PM

Champions in Action applicants sought

MANCHESTER - Citizens Bank and the New Hampshire Union Leader they are seeking applications for the 2014 Champions in Action program, which provides financial, volunteer and public relations support to local nonprofits.

Youth programming and strengthening communities through family support are the two focus areas for 2014.

Nonprofit organizations focused on youth programming are invited to apply for the Champions award, to be announced in January. Applications can be completed online at www.citizensbank.com/community/champions and must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m.

The Champions in Action program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank's program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. Launched in 2002, Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and its media partner designed to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to New Hampshire communities. To date, the program has given 40 nonprofits more than $1 million in grants and promotional support in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Union Leader recently joined Citizens Bank as the media partner for the program.

"The New Hampshire Union Leader is proud to partner with Citizens Bank on the Champions in Action program and looks forward to recognizing nonprofit organizations that are providing important services and opportunities for children, individuals and families throughout New Hampshire," said Shannon Sullivan, community relations manager for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The selected Champion in Action will receive:
. An unrestricted $35,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation.
. Coverage from the New Hampshire Union Leader, including public service announcements and advertising support.
. Volunteer support from Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader colleagues.
. Public relations support.
. Promotional support, including advertising in Citizens Bank branches, on Citizens Bank ATMs, and on the Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Union Leader websites.
. The opportunity for the organization's executive director to participate in a "president-to-president" mentorship with Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens New Hampshire President Joe Carelli.

To be eligible for consideration, an organization must:
. Be a New Hampshire-based nonprofit organization that serves New Hampshire and addresses the designated social concern.
. Provide verification of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
. Have a total operating budget of $5 million or less.

For more information about the Champions in Action program, visit www.citizensbank.com/community

Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities is part of the bank's broader Citizens Helping Citizens program addressing five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism. For more information about Citizens Bank's community initiatives, go to http://www.citizensbank.com/community.

Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 80 branches and 202 ATMs in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News are the only statewide newspapers in the Granite State. We provide our readers with a package that contains local, state and world news, items of important information, advertising, entertainment and opinion. And whenever news breaks, New Hampshire turns to UnionLeader.com.


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