Community Partner Grants



The Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships, in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Inclusion Education, is pleased to invite applications from Lewiston/Auburn area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for support from the Carignan Fund for Community Programs. This year, the Fund will provide grants of up to $2,000 to support initiatives/projects/programs that allow Black, Brown, and Indigenous people to survive and thrive with more safety, equality, justice, resources, healing, and opportunity.

Organizations serving Androscoggin County that already partner with Bates College and those that seek to do so are encouraged to apply. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of trained Bates College students. Competitive proposals will prioritize:

  • the experiences, perspectives, participation, and/or leadership of BIPOC people;

  • the institutionalization of racial equity and justice within organizational culture, policies, practices, programs, and/or leadership;

  • the decentering of whiteness within organizational culture, policies, practices, programs, and/or leadership.

Examples of potential projects:

  • work with an organizational leadership consultant to better integrate racial equity and justice into the services an organization provides;

  • use racial justice as a strategic priority and lens through which to assess the organization’s goals, norms, and standards, and begin to develop a strategic plan on this basis;

  • conduct a racial equity audit of programs and practices, leading to a plan for revising programs and practices to make them more accessible and effective for BIPOC populations;

  • build the capacity of BIPOC staff to deepen their competency with other dimensions of equity and justice as part of advancing intersectional knowledge and skill;

  • collaborate with a(nother) BIPOC-led organization to elevate the experiences and perspectives of BIPOC people in program and/or policy development;

  • conduct a review and revision of application forms, interview procedures, selection processes, etc. to increase BIPOC access to employment or relevant resources within the organization;

  • develop the leadership skills, technology skills, or other capacities of BIPOC staff.

Applications should be submitted using this form by 5:00 pm on April 23, 2021. Grantees will be asked to submit a brief grant report by December 31, 2021. Have questions about the program or your prospective idea? Join us at one of two Carignan Fund Q&A Sessions: Monday, March 29 at 1:00 pm (Zoom link: or Thursday, April 1 at 4:00 pm (Zoom link: For more information, contact Darby Ray at the Harward Center.