Student Initiative Funding
The Office of Campus Life is committed to ensuring that students’ on-campus experiences are vibrant, inclusive, safe, and healthy. In order to foster the creation of programming that meets the diverse interests of students, there are a number of funding sources available to Bates students to support student programming and ideas. This includes support for healthy and engaging events and programs on campus where alcohol can be consumed safely by students who are 21+.
The following funding sources are provided by the Office of Campus Life, as well as other campus partners – see the section headings to determine which entity administers a given funding source. Depending on your idea, you may qualify for one or more funding sources!
Office of Campus Life
The Collaboration Fund is designed to financially support two or more clubs and/or organizations wishing to come together and collaborate on an event or program.
Late at Bates
The Late at Bates fund is designed to support student-led weekend and week night programs that strengthen our community and campus culture.
Wind Down Weekends (events with alcohol)
The Office of Campus Life offers Wind Down Weekends funding to support weekend programming promoting a safe and responsible drinking culture at Bates. Wind Down Weekends events occur in the Little Room in Chase Hall or the Underground in 280 College. Any individual student, student club, or student organization may apply for this funding. The individual who applies for this funding must be age 21 or older.
Clubs or organizations approved for Wind Down Weekends funding will have costs related to alcohol, harm reduction food, and beverages covered. All other program costs, including staffing, will remain the responsibility of the club or organization. Note that for the 2019-20 academic year, Campus Life will transfer the necessary funds to cover the cost of staffing to the club or organization’s account. If an individual not affiliated with a club or organization is sponsoring an event, additional funds may be available to cover remaining programming costs.
Breaks at Bates Event Funding
Breaks at Bates funding is available to students wishing to host an event or program open to all Bates students during official college breaks. These events/programs are coordinated by students and may include food that is aimed at bringing students together in meaningful ways.
Breaks at Bates programming and events require at least one student to serve as the official coordinator of the event who oversees the entirety of the event/program from its inception to clean-up and evaluation.
Short Term Enrichment Programs (STEP)
Short Term Enrichment Programs (STEP) funding is designed to enable students to teach skills and impart knowledge in a setting outside of the classroom.
Personal Expense Fund
The Personal Expense Fund is designed to support student engagement with BCSG-recognized club activities that require an out-of-pocket expense.
Bates College Student Government (BCSG)
Application for Additional Club Funding
Additional club funding is designed to enable clubs to hold events/programs, initiatives, and attend conferences, meets, and tournaments that clubs cannot cover with their initial budget allocation.
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Student Equity and Inclusion Small Grant Application
This application is for students only. Students may apply for a small grant to support equity and inclusion activities, programming and development (conferences, workshops, trainings, etc.). We recommend that you work with an advisor as you move through the application process. Please apply for a small grant 2-4 weeks before your planned activity, program or development opportunity.
Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Community Engagement Grants
These grants (supported by the Arthur Crafts and Helen A. Papaioanou Funds) provide resources for students who design volunteer service projects or an academically-related community-engaged learning project and are intended to cover incidentals such as supplies, fees, or research expenses. Funding up to $150 for qualified individuals and up to $300 for a group of students is available. Brought to you by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.
Community Liaison Grants
Community Liaisons from clubs/organizations and athletic teams may apply for modest funding for events that are community-engaged or connect Bates to the larger Lewiston-Auburn community.
Community Service Transportation Assistance Grants
These grants provide funds to help students with travel expenses related to their volunteer or community-engaged learning project. Funding up to $100 for qualified students and up to $300 for a group of students is available. Brought to you by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.
Committee for Environmental Responsibility
Green Innovation Grant
Here’s how it works:
1) Identify a problem or something you’d like to see the college change in the sustainability realm.
2) Come up with an innovative solution to the problem.
3) Submit your solution via the page below.
4) The Bates Committee for Environmental Responsibility, made up of faculty, students and staff will award the most creative and impactful solutions money to make their project happen. The funding range per project is roughly $200-$2000.