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Citizens Bank and NECN announce Champions in Action categories for 2011 in Massachusetts

BOSTON (September 15, 2010) - Citizens Bank and NECN today announced the categories for the 2011 Champions in Action® program, which provides financial, volunteer and PR support to small nonprofits doing big things in the community. Economic Development, Food and Nutrition, Veterans Services, and Homelessness are the four areas of focus.

Nonprofit organizations which provide the following will be announced in 2011:

• Economic Development will be selected and announced in January 2011: The application deadline is Friday, October 8, 2010 at 5 p.m.

• Food and Nutrition will be selected and announced in April 2011. The application deadline is Friday, January 7, 2011 at 5 p.m.
• Veterans Services will be selected and announced in July 2011. The application deadline is Friday, March 25, 2011 at 5 p.m.

• Homelessness will be selected and announced in October 2011. The application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2011 at 5 p.m.

For more information on how to apply for the Champions in Action program please visit http://www.citizensbank.com/community/champions/default.aspx or contact the Citizens Bank Public Affairs Department at 617.994.7529. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the specified deadline day.

Launched in 2002, Champions in Action is designed to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Massachusetts communities. A new champion is selected each quarter among a range of social service areas.

In Massachusetts, Citizens and NECN have committed approximately $1.5 million in grants and airtime to 32 organizations dedicated to issues including environmental preservation, elder care, youth programming and community health care. 

About Citizens Bank

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 256 branches and 752 ATMs in Massachusetts.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $140 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).

About NECN

NECN is the largest regional news network in the country, serving more than 3 million homes in more than 1,000 cities and towns throughout New England. Launched on March 2, 1992, NECN is owned by Comcast and provides 24-hour access to breaking news, sports, weather, and traffic. The award-winning NECN is a two-time winner of The Associated Press' News Station of the Year Award and a 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. Visit www.NECN.com for more information.