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Common Good Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofits to Support Community
Programs that Benefit Residents of the Brunswick Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bowdoin College - McKeen Center for the Common Good

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/26/19 Midnight


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Grants of $2,500 and a grant of $5,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit the residents of the greater Brunswick area. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to applying. Funding may be used for new initiatives or to maintain existing programs.

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

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. 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.

Requests will be reviewed by the student members of the Common Good Grant Committee. All applications will be considered on a competitive basis. Programs will be judged on several criteria, including:
- Realistic funding and implementation plans;
- Accessibility and ability to address a clear public need;
- Clarity and organization of the proposal and program goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178213

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most individual grants will not exceed the amount of $2,500, but one grant may be given at the value of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

This grant is intended for use during the time period between April 2019 and April 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. In addition to organizations from these locations, organizations that hosted McKeen Center orientation trip groups from across the state are invited to apply this year.

Organizations who received funding in the previous year or in three of the previous eight years are ineligible to apply in the current year.

Capital efforts and contributions to endowments are not funded.

Pre-Application Information:

A one-page LOI will be due by Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at noon EST. Organizations will be notified of their status by December 14, 2018 and organizations selected to formally apply for the grant will need to submit their application by January 26, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs to

Apply online:

Tom Ancona
Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
Bowdoin College
4690 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Re: Common Good Grant Program

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Greater Brunswick area