Community Partner Grants

2024 Carignan Fund for Community Programs

The application window will open in early 2024. Please check back for details.

The Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnership 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 community organizations to support programming that fosters new or strengthens existing connections between Bates College and our community.  The aim of the fund is to support sustainable initiatives that address community needs through partnership with the college.

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.

Grant funds may be used to support existing, emerging, or new programs, including program personnel. Proposals will be evaluated based on the demonstrated or potential impact of the identified program on its intended participants/recipients, as well as on its potential for fostering new or strengthening existing connections between the applicant organization and Bates College.

Deadline for applications will be in March, 2024. Details coming soon.

Information sessions will be held in early March for prospective applicants who have questions or wish to discuss their grant ideas. Details coming soon.

For more information about the Carignan Fund program, contact Jenna Dela Cruz Vendil ( at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.