Citizens Now Accepting Applications From Harlem To The Hudson For Champions In Action Program

August 1, 2023

Citizens are now accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations for the Champions in Action program in the category of Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy.

The Champions in Action award will be presented to an organization that seeks to either improve the energy efficiency within their own operations via the use of solar, and electric vehicles, seeking LEED certification and/or other improvements, or to an organization that expands access to clean or renewable energy services in the communities they serve. Nonprofit organizations or partnerships that fit either criteria should apply.

“Citizens is committed to driving positive climate impact and building a more diverse, equitable, and sustainable future for all those we serve,” said Rebecca O’Connell, NYC Metro Region Executive, Citizens. “With the Champions in Action program, we’re able to shine a light on a variety of nonprofits doing critical work to serve the community. This time around, we’re partnering with organizations to support their journey toward improving energy efficiency and ensuring access for all to clean or renewable energy.” 

Organizations applying for the award should include metrics around the achievements of their program individually, or if through collaboration with another partner(s), the lead nonprofit should apply.


Applications can be completed online at www.citizensbank.com/champions and must be submitted by August 18, 2023. 

Areas of focus for the Champions in Action program change twice yearly. The award recipients in the category of Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy will be announced in February 2024. The selected Champion in Action will receive:

  • A $50,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens.
  • Volunteer support from Citizens colleagues.
  • Promotional and public relations support.

To be eligible for consideration, an organization must:


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  • Be a New York City-based nonprofit organization that addresses the designated topic area.
  • Have a total operating budget between $250,000 and $5 million.

The Champions in Action program has awarded more than $10 million in contributions and promotional support to over 370 nonprofits across the bank’s footprint. For more information about the program, visit www.citizensbank.com/community/champions-in-action.aspx

Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $223.1 billion in assets as of June 30, 2023. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a full-service customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,400 ATMs and approximately 1,100 branches in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com . 

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