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Common Good Grant Committee Solicits Proposals from Community

Story posted November 16, 2009

The Common Good Grant Committee is requesting proposals from community organizations for this year's grant. Now in its ninth year, the Common Good Grant provides more than $10,000 to local non-profits serving the greater Brunswick community.

With the intent of maintaining current programs while funding new initiatives that serve local communities, the Common Good Grant is made possible by an anonymous donor interested in providing students the opportunity to learn about the field of philanthropy while developing relationships with non-profit organizations.

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Check out the McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site, offering continuously updated content regarding community service opportunities, a schedule of events and other happenings.

Grant proposals will be reviewed and selected on a competitive basis by the Common Good Grant Committee, a group of twelve students advised by the McKeen Center for the Common Good staff. An additional group of students is currently engaged in raising funds to extend the impact of the grant while learning the important skills of community fundraising.

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 College is offering an optional grant-writing workshop, free of charge, Friday, December 4, 2009, from 9 a.m. to noon, to organizations interested in applying for grant. Contact Shawn Gerwig by noon Monday, Nov. 23 to register for the Dec. 4 workshop.

Download the application and learn more about the program.

In 2009, seven non-profits received Common Good Grants, including the ArtVan Program, Bath Elementary PTA, Compass Project, Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange, Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and Tri-County Literacy Volunteers.

Over the past eight years, the Common Good Grant Program has provided over $100,000 to the local community through grants of up to $2,500. Past recipients support the educational objectives of the program by reporting on use and impact of funds the following year.

Grant proposals should be submitted to the Common Good Grant Committee at the McKeen Center for the Common Good, postmarked by Friday, February 5, 2010. All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before Monday, April 5, with no individual grant exceeding $2,500. Checks will be awarded April 14 at Bowdoin's eighth annual Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony. Grants are intended for use between April 14, 2010 and April 14, 2011. For more information, contact student directors Sean Morris and Jackie Zaborski.

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