Student Academic Year Grants

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 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.  Awards are competitive, are granted without regard to financial need, and are available to students in all disciplines and classes. Funding up to $200 for qualified individuals is available, however transportation-related expenses CANNOT exceed $100.  For more information, contact Sam Boss (academically-related projects) or Hamza Abdi (volunteer projects) at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or click here to apply.
DEADLINE: Rolling (reviewed every week)
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COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH GRANTS support material costs related to promising research projects undertaken by Bates students in collaboration with local or statewide community partners. Community-engaged research (CER) combines collaborative inquiry, critical analysis, and social contribution/action. Its questions and methods are determined in consultation with community, and its results are shared in ways that optimize its usefulness to community. CER research grants are competitive, are granted without regard to financial need, and are available to students in all disciplines and classes, with preference given to projects likely to produce the most community benefit. Funding up to $500 for qualified projects is available. Applications are reviewed every two weeks. Questions should be directed to Darby Ray at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or click here to apply.
DEADLINE: Rolling (reviewed every two weeks)
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COMMUNITY WORK-STUDY FELLOWSHIPS provide work-study funds for academic-year community-engaged work with local non-profit agencies.  Students can apply for jobs already listed for local organizations.  Students may also work as literacy or math tutors in the local schools through the AMERICA READS/AMERICA COUNTS program.  Students MUST qualify for work-study funds.  Compensation is at a rate of $12.75/hour.  Host agencies must agree to reimburse Bates College for 25% of the student’s total earnings.   For more information, contact Hamza Abdi at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.  Click here to download a community work-study application or click here to download an America Reads/America Counts application.
DEADLINE: Rolling, but most positions are filled soon after the start of the semester

COMMUNITY-ENGAGED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS provide funding, mentoring, and peer reflection for student projects that engage public needs, as articulated in dialogue with community partners, through significant academic research. CER Fellows receive a stipend of $400 for the Winter semester. Equally important, they take part in a non-credit Fellows’ Seminar, being led this year by Darby Ray and Sam Boss, which exposes them to the history, methods, and ethics of community-engaged research across different disciplines, engages them in thinking about the distinctive values and challenges of community-engaged research, and offers them an interdisciplinary peer community for supporting and sharing their work. The Seminar meets on a biweekly basis during Winter Term and culminates in a session at the Mount David Summit. Meeting times are chosen to accommodate student schedules. Students work as usual with their project’s faculty advisor, with Darby and Sam providing additional guidance and support. For more information, contact Darby Ray at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or click here to download an application.
DEADLINE: Review of applications begins on Friday, December 18, 2020.

A/RT (ACTION/RESEARCH TEAM) FELLOWSHIPS engage a team of 6-10 students virtually in intensive community-engaged work from January 11-February 5, 2021. Each A/RT Fellow will work approximately ten hours per week during the four-week period on a select project designed to build capacity for community-engaged work by future Bates College students and others wishing to get involved in the local community.  A/RT Fellows receive a stipend of $400 for their full participation in the program. During weekly meetings led by Harward Center staff, Fellows develop work plans, evaluate progress toward goals, and brainstorm ways to address challenges.  For more information, please contact Darby Ray at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships or click here to download an application.
DEADLINE: December 21, 2020

DALIxBATES is an exciting new collaboration between Bates and the Digital Applied Learning and Innovation (DALI) Lab at Dartmouth College. DALI students learn software engineering and design skills as they develop digital products for real world partners. Now for the first time, they are bringing their student mentor and development model to students outside their home campus. Current DALI students will offer training modules for Bates students to skill up in web development and UI/UX design.  Once trained, you will become part of a consulting corps, working in teams to apply your skills to digital projects undertaken in collaboration with nonprofit organizations in the Lewiston/Auburn community. As a fellow, you will work on at least one project by the time you graduate from Bates. For information about eligibility, and to apply for the program click here.
DEADLINE: January 3, 2022

COMMUNITY LIAISON GRANTS provide funding and resources for student clubs and athletic teams interested in performing community-engaged work. Using an assets-based approach to the off-campus community, Community Liaisons develop activities, programs, and partnerships designed to encourage civic learning and action among their peers. Community Liaisons may apply for modest funding to support community-engaged activities.  For more information about this program, click here.  Proposals should be submitted at least one week prior to the scheduled activity.  Click here to access the application form.