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Student Committee to Award Common Good Grants for Fourth Year

Story posted December 20, 2004

Thanks to a restricted gift from an anonymous donor, a Bowdoin College student committee will award Common Good Grants to local non-profit organizations for the fourth consecutive year. Applications are now available from the Bowdoin Community Service Resource Center, and are due Monday, February 7, 2005.

"The Common Good Grant is a great opportunity for local non-profits to fund small projects that may not otherwise happen," said Bowdoin senior Libby Nells, co-coordinator of the student committee. "The grant program is a valuable learning experience for Bowdoin students, and has fostered lasting partnerships between the College and organizations in the greater Brunswick area."

The student committee will review applications and award $10,000 in grants, with no individual grant exceeding $2,500. Any non-profit organization in the greater Brunswick area (Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, Freeport, Harpswell, Bailey's Island, Orr's Island, Bowdoinham, Woolwich, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, and Yarmouth) may apply.

For more information or to request an application, contact Nells ( or Bowdoin sophomore Hope Stockton (, or call Bowdoin's Community Service Resource Center, 798-4133.

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before Monday, April 4, 2005. Checks will be awarded Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Bowdoin's Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony. Grants are intended for use between April 21, 2005, and April 15, 2006.

An optional grant-writing workshop for those organizations applying for the Common Good Grant will be held on Friday, January 14. This is an informational workshop and participation has no bearing on grant decisions.

The Common Good Grant program was established to teach Bowdoin College students about grants and philanthropy while building a relationship with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community.

The grants are intended to help maintain sustained programs and to fund new initiatives that impact local communities.

Last year eight non-profits received Common Good Grants. Grant recipients were Harpswell Community Television, Tri-County Literacy Volunteers, 55 Plus Center, Independence Association, Harpswell Community Nursery School, Arts Are Elementary, Bath Area Food Bank, Town Commons Planning Committee of Brunswick.

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