Student Committee to Award Common Good Grants for Fifth Year

Story posted November 17, 2005

A Bowdoin College student committee will award Common Good Grants to local non-profit organizations for the fifth consecutive year.

The Common Good Grant program, made possible through a restricted gift of $10,000 from an anonymous donor, teaches Bowdoin students about grants and philanthropy while building a relationship with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community.

A 12-member student-led committee will review applications and award grants with no single grant exceeding $2,500.

The total amount of grant money to be distributed this year is $14,000. The additional $4,000 in grant funds is thanks to the Bowdoin Class of 2005, which, upon graduation last May, allocated their Class Gift to the Common Good Grant program.

Any non-profit organization in the greater-Brunswick area (Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport, Topsham, Bath, Bowdoinham, Orr's Island, Bailey Island, Woolwich, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Bowdoin, and Yarmouth) may apply for a 2006 Common Good Grant.

Applications are now available from the Bowdoin Community Service Resource Center and are due Monday, February 6, 2006.

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or before Monday, April 3, 2006. Checks will be awarded on April 13, 2006, at Bowdoin's Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony. Grants are intended for use between April 13, 2006, and April 10, 2007.

An optional free grant-writing workshop for those organizations applying for the Common Good Grant will be held at Bowdoin Wednesday, January 11, 2006, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This is an informational workshop and participation has no bearing on grant decisions.

For more information or to request an application, contact Student Directors Doris Ramirez (dramirez@bowdoin.edu) or Bruce Baird (bbaird@bowdoin.edu). Applications are also available online at www.bowdoin.edu/communityservice.

The mission of the Common Good Grant is to provide grants to local non-profits that serve the greater Brunswick area, to maintain sustained programs, and to fund new initiatives that impact local communities.

Seven non-profits received 2005 Common Good Grants. Recipients were Bath Skate Park, ArtWorks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pine Tree Society, Family Crisis Services, Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services, and Sexual Support Services of Midcoast Maine.

Common Good Grant in Action: Lily the Mini Horse (October 6, 2004).

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