Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Common Good Grant Committee Solicits Proposals

Story posted November 29, 2011

The Bowdoin College student-run Common Good Grant Committee is pleased to request proposals from community organizations for this year's grant.  In its 11th year, the Common Good Grant provides over $10,000 each year to local non-profits that serve the greater Brunswick community.

With the goal of supporting current programs and funding new initiatives that serve local communities, the grant is made possible by an anonymous donor interested in providing Bowdoin students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy while developing relationships with non-profit organizations and local communities. Grant proposals will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis by the Common Good Grant Committee, a group of twelve Bowdoin students advised by the staff of the McKeen Center for the Common Good. An additional group of students is currently engaged in raising funds to further the impact of the Grant Program while learning the important skills of community fund raising. In the past, the students serving on the Development Committee have increased the grant base by as much as 60 percent.

Local non-profits that serve the greater Brunswick area (Brunswick, Harpswell, Georgetown, Phippsburg, Freeport, Topsham, Bath, Bowdoinham, Woolwich, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, and Yarmouth) are invited to apply.

The 2010-2011 Common Good Grant recipients included ArtVan, Caring Resources for Living, Coffin Elementary School, Freeport Middle School STEM Teachers, Riding to the Top, Seeds of Independence, Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine, Topsham Public Library, Trust for our Future, and Youth Alternatives Ingraham.

The RFP and Request Form for interested organizations are now available. Grant proposals should be submitted to the Common Good Grant Committee at the McKeen Center for the Common Good, postmarked by Friday, February 3, 2012.  All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before Monday, April 2.  Final grants will be awarded on Wednesday, April 11, at Bowdoin’s Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony.  This grant is intended for use during the time period between April 12, 2012 and April 12, 2013.

For more information please contact student directors Matt Hillard or Suzie Rawden.

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Applications are due by Friday, February 3, 2012.