Mini-Grants 

The Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research each year 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 needs, particularly those that will offer long-term benefits for communities and collaborating organizations.

Each applicant should provide evidence of the 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 Bill Long Foundation (BLF) is a membership-powered community agency that gives grants to support projects and activities in Oberlin that address basic human needs or enrich cultural life.

Funds provided by the BLF must be dedicated to projects benefiting 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 continues to support community service projects in other categories and beyond the Oberlin community through its mini-grant program.