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 2022-23 Common Good Grant LOI application is now closed. Please read the 2022 Request for LOIs for general information about the process. Letters of Intent were due:

Monday, November 7, 2023, 12p EST

The Student Common Good Grant Committee application has closed! Please consider applying in Fall 2023.

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.