Bowdoin Common Good Grant Recipients Selected

Story posted March 15, 2004

A Bowdoin College student committee has awarded eight Common Good Grants, totaling $10,000, to local non-profit organizations.

The Common Good Grant funding came from a restricted gift from an anonymous donor, intended to create a program in which Bowdoin students could learn about grants and philanthropy while building a relationship with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community. The Common Good Grant program is now in its third year.

More than 35 applications were received and reviewed by a committee of 13 Bowdoin students, led by Kate Leach '04, community service fellow, and advised by Susie Dorn, coordinator of student community service programs.

The following is a list of the grant recipients and a description of the projects to be funded by the grant:

Harpswell Community Television: $1,250 to purchase a Digicipher Satellite Receiver that will bring more educational programming to the residents and schools of Harpswell and surrounding communities.

Tri-County Literacy Volunteers: $500 to implement literacy programs, in conjunction with the Tedford Shelter, for adult learners who become homeless.

55 Plus Center: $1,850 to implement a Senior Companion Program that will support senior citizens living alone in the greater Brunswick community.

Independence Association: $2,000 to fund a Community Urban Garden, to be used for educational purposes, at their Learning Center.

The Harpswell Community Nursery School: $1,500 to build a library for their students.

Arts Are Elementary: $1,500 to fund a photography residency with all fourth graders in the four Brunswick elementary schools.

Bath Area Food Bank: $900 to implement a computer system that will enhance the effectiveness of the food bank, and to print nutritional information and recipes for their clients.

Town Commons Planning Committee of Brunswick: $500 to fund the installation of interpretive signage for educational purposes at the Brunswick Town Commons.

Awards will be presented to representatives of these organizations at Bowdoin's Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony on April 7.

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