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

Collaboration Fund

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

Learn more and apply here.