Grant Application Information

The Common Good Grant program is pleased to request proposals from community organizations for this year's grant.


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. Organizations outside of this radius, but who are BIPOC-led or who worked with Bowdoin’s 2021 orientation trips may also apply. Organizations who received funding in the previous year or in three of the previous eight years are ineligible to apply in the current year.

Letter of Intent Information

Your organization’s letter of intent (LOI) should be no more than one page, single spaced and written, if possible, on the letterhead of your organization. In the letter, addressed to the Common Good Grant Committee, we ask you to provide the following information:

  • A brief history of your nonprofit and its programs
  • How much funding you are applying for and what your objectives are with the funding (you can indicate interest in exclusively the $5,000 or $2,500 grant, or express interest in both);
  • What outcomes you expect from the grant;
  • Additional support, financial or programmatic, your organization has for the grant;
  • Contact information for your organization’s grant steward.


  • November 8, 2021 (Noon EST)
    • Required one-page PDF LOI due.
  • December 17, 2021
    • Organizations will be notified of their status.
  • January 21, 2022
    • Organizations selected to formally apply for the grant will need to submit their application

Letter of Intent Request

Your LOI must be submitted via email to Tom Ancona by Monday, November 8, 2021 at noon EST.

2021 Committee Areas of Emphasis

Over the last few years, the Common Good Grant Committee students have identified certain areas of need that they wish to emphasize in a given year. This year, the committee has made a commitment to fund at least one organization providing services in the following five areas:

  • Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism
  • Arts, History, and Culture
  • Health and Basic Needs
  • Adult and Youth Education and Development
  • Environment, Agriculture, and Sustainability

The committee will likely fund more than one grant from some of these categories, but this commitment is based on the committee recognizing the importance of diverse group of non-profits that do many different types of important work.

The committee has also committed to funding at least one organization each with Black (1) and Indigenous (1) leadership. BIPOC-led organizations working anywhere in Maine may apply for Common Good Grant in 2021/22. They can, but do not have to, fit into any of the above five areas of emphasis.

Questions about the Common Good Grant application or student committee can be directed to Tom Ancona, Associate Director of the McKeen Center for the Common Good, or Common Good Grant student directors Jessica Bae '22 and Elise Hocking '22.