Bowdoin students participating in the 2011 have awarded $16,650 to 10 organizations in the greater Brunswick community. The Common Good Grant Program provides students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy while becoming familiar with the work and challenges of non-profit organizations in midcoast Maine.
The Common Good Grant Program was established in 2001 by an anonymous Bowdoin alumnus who instituted an annual gift of $10,000 for a 12-member group of Bowdoin students to allocate to local non-profits in the form of grants. This year, the program’s Extension Committee raised the additional $6,650 to add to that base.
Proposals that were funded include:
- Art Van (Brunswick) to support art education programming to low-income and disadvantaged children.
- Caring Resources for Living (North Yarmouth) to make possible the purchase of resources for children with life-threatening illnesses.
- Coffin Elementary School (Brunswick) to provide four locally constructed benches to create a welcoming outdoor environment for students.
- Freeport Middle School STEM Teacher (Freeport) to fund student construction of birdhouses for conservation and park lands in the Freeport area.
- Riding to the Top (Windham) to provide scholarships to increase access for people with disabilities to therapeutic riding and support.
- Seeds of Independence (Freeport, Brunswick, Topsham) to cover the costs of starting and maintaining student-to-student mentoring programs at three local high schools.
- Sexual Assault Support Services of MidCoast Maine (Brunswick) to fund an experiential support group for female survivors of sexual violence.
- Topsham Public Library (Topsham) to modify the library’s parking circle to improve handicapped access.
- Trust for Our Future (Topsham) to sponsor Challenge Day at Mt. Ararat High School, a program that uses exercises and techniques designed to build bonds between students.
- Youth Alternatives Ingraham (Portland) to provide mediation services in Brunswick, including the cost of travel, interpreters and publicizing services.