Common Good Grant

Participating in the Common Good Grant program is a rewarding and educational experience for the members of both the grant and development committees, as they are able to take part in the philanthropic process from beginning to end.


Since 2001, an anonymous alumni donor has contributed $10,000 annually for Bowdoin students to allocate to local agencies looking for funding to start new initiatives and maintain existing programs. Acting much like a community foundation, students in the program solicit donations to augment the grant base and evaluate grant proposals to determine which local non-profits will receive the Common Good Grants each spring.  The purpose of the program is to provide students the opportunity to learn about grants, foundations, and philanthropy while becoming familiar with local non-profit organizations.

Not only designed to strengthen the bonds between Bowdoin College and the greater Brunswick community by honoring local non-profits, the program also empowers students by helping them to make a difference in their community through an educational experience. Since its inception, the Common Good Grant program has distributed over $300,000 in grants to 160+ non-profit organizations in the community.

The Student Common Good Grant Committee application for 2021-2022 is now available. Please complete it by Sunday, September 19th at 11:59p.

Non-Profit Letters of Intent will be due in late October/early November. More information will be available soon. Please read the 2020 Request for LOIs for details on past years.

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.