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Student Committee to Award Grants to Local Non-Profits

Story posted December 10, 2002

Thanks to a $10,000 restricted gift from an anonymous donor, a committee of Bowdoin College students will be reviewing applications and awarding grants to area non-profit organizations through the Common Good Grant.

The Common Good Grant was established to create a program in which Bowdoin students can learn about grants and philanthropy while building relationships with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community. This is the second year Common Good grants will be awarded.

Grants totaling $10,000 will be awarded to a minimum of five non-profits in Cumberland County and the greater-Brunswick area (Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, Freeport, Harpswell, Bailey's Island, Orr's Island).

Applications will be reviewed by the committee of Bowdoin students on a competitive basis.

The mission of the Common Good Grant is to maintain sustained programs and to fund new initiatives that impact local communities. Any non-profit organization in Cumberland County or greater Brunswick may apply.

Applications are due on Friday, January 17, 2003. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before Friday, March 7, 2003. Checks will be awarded on April 2, 2003 at Bowdoin's Community Service Banquet. This grant is intended for use during the time period between April 15, 2003 and April 15, 2004.

An optional grant-writing workshop will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2003 from 9:30-11 a.m. for those organizations applying for the Common Good Grant.

Last year seven non-profits received Common Good Grants. Grant recipients were Flying Changes, the Bath/Brunswick Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, OASIS Clinic, Friends of Cox Pinnacle, Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue, Freeport Middle School, and Home to Home.

For more information or to request an application, contact Lydia Bell, coordinator of student community service programs at Bowdoin College, (207) 798-4134 or lbell2@bowdoin.edu.

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