Bonner Center

Funding Opportunities


Each year, the Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research funds a small number of group and individual community service projects in Oberlin and beyond. Grants are typically awarded to projects that address real community need, particularly those that will offer longterm benefits for communities and collaborating organizations.

Each applicant should provide evidence of community need in their proposal. Please review the project and submission requirements before completing the application.

Bill Long Foundation

Bill Long managed the Oberlin Co-op for more than 30 years. Considered a tireless activist for positive social change, Long helped establish a cooperative bookstore with proceeds donated to local causes and agencies. His efforts to support Oberlin and area communities continue through the membership-based organization named in his honor.

The Bonner Center has partnered with the Bill Long Foundation (BLF) to expand opportunities for students to access the foundation’s funding throughout the academic year. The BLF provides grants to support projects and activities in Oberlin that address basic human need or enrich cultural life.

Funds provided by the BLF must be dedicated to projects benefitting the local community of Oberlin. While membership in the BLF is not required to qualify, we invite you to learn more about the foundation  and its work in the community. In addition to this BLF-sponsored funding opportunity, the Bonner Center also supports community service projects in other categories benefitting Oberlin and area communities through its mini-grant program.