Funding Philosophy

Economic Security Grants

Economic security is the cornerstone of the Fund’s mission. A woman’s ability to take care of herself, her family and contribute to her community depends on her financial security. With economic security, women can break the cycle of violence and access better housing, health care and employment. The Fund invests in non-profits committed to helping achieve economic security for all Maine women and girls. Since 1989, the Fund has granted more than $2 million to 188 organizations.

The Fund provides critical funding to nonprofit organizations within six strategic areas that together advance the economic security of women and girls: Education; Financial Skills and Literacy; Healthcare; Leadership; Personal Safety and Policy.

Application Details

Access the Fund's 2017 Letter of Interest application here and 2017 grant application information can found at this link

2016 Grantees are listed below.


Offering education and training to build confidence, self-reliance, independence and safety.

Financial Skills & Literacy

Increasing the financial skills, opportunities and/or literacy of individuals or the 25%+ of Maine’s businesses that are woman-owned.


Providing access to, and improving the quality of, healthcare for women and girls.


Ensuring women and girls of all races and classes have access to opportunities to reach their full potential.

Personal Safety

Advancing personal safety, including freedom from and care for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Public Policy

Identifying gender-based disparities and implement the policies to correct them.

2016 Economic Security Initiative Grantees

A Company of Girls - Setting the Stage for Success - Using an arts-based curriculum developed over 18+ years of programming to empower underserved girls, ACOG helps girls raise their voices with confidence, and provides mentorship that will support them to become successful adults and community leaders.

Crisis & Counseling Centers- Financial Freedom: Empowering Women in Recovery- To provide financial literacy and education to women in recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagada-hoc, Somerset and Waldo counties.

Family Crisis Services - Peer Parenting Program for Incarcerated Mothers - Utilizing a peer support model, FCS facilitates relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children at the Maine Correctional Center.

Four Directions Development Corporation- Building Assets for Community Financial Wellness - Four Directions, a Native American nonprofit community development financial institution, offers free financial education workshops, free tax preparation services, and budget and credit counseling to Native American women in Maine.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women - Girls Advisory Board - Provides opportunities for girls (self identified or by birth) to thrive through leadership development and engagement in social action and keeps the organization focused on the challenges girls face today.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project - Keeping Women Safe - By providing representation to victims of domestic violence and trafficking, ILAP helps survivors find safety and gain legal status which in turn leads to economic security and community engagement. ILAP also educates service providers on immigration laws and participates in advocacy that impacts a wider audience by shifting perspectives and improving laws.

Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center - Gaining Access Project (GAP) - To help uninsured or underinsured women with lower incomes access preventive reproductive and sexual health care, improving their health and economic security.

Maine NEW LeadershipAn intensive, six-day, nonpartisan public leadership institute offered free of charge to a diverse group of college women from across Maine that provides unique experiential training in many aspects of policy making, includ-ing public speaking, coalition building, networking, advocacy, and running for office.

Maine Women's Policy Center - Advancing Women's Economic Security - Operating support for the ongoing effort to improve the economic well being of Maine women and girls, continuing outreach to build a statewide network of women working on their own behalf; building on education efforts to highlight policy solutions; and ensuring that women are registered, informed and voting.

New Ventures MaineMini-grants: Measuring Success, Sustaining Value - To research and document the value/impact of mini-grants by surveying past mini-grant applicants and awardees and design/implement a plan to fund mini-grants for three years, expand their reach and coordinate with Main Street communities.

Islesboro Community Center - Building Resiliency in Maine Island Girls and Women - Education and training programs including leadership training, self-defense classes and community education will help to build resiliency for island women and girls.

ROiL dba Maine Inside Out - Transitional Employment and Mentoring Program - Supporting Maine Inside Out's theater-based reintegration and transitional employment program for young women recently released from Long Creek Development Center.

Spurwink - Promoting Resilience in Refugee & Immigrant Girls - Support school-based skill-building groups for English Language Learner girls in third through sixth grades in Lewiston and Portland who are struggling at school. Evidence-based curriculum builds communication skills, coping skills, self-esteem and positive peer interaction, thereby developing a greater sense of confidence and school engagement and fostering later career success.

Waldo County General Hospital - Healthy Smiles, Better Future - This initiative of Waldo County Dental Care delivers critically-needed preventative and restorative oral healthcare for uninsured, low-income women, expanding access to care and improving health, well-being, self-confidence and employment potential for unemployed/low-wage women.

Wayfinder Schools - Passages Program for Teen Parents - Increasing the high school graduation rates of teen parents in Maine enrolled in Wayfinders’ home-based high school diploma program which is focused on academic, life and parenting skills.


Capacity Building Workshops for Grantees

In addition to financially supporting grantee organizations through grants, the Fund helps its grantees to increase and strengthen organizational capacity to optimize sustainability. These initiatives may include workshops on influencing policy, grant writing, marketing, fundraising, event planning, advocacy, and how to build a culture of philanthropy.

The Fund also provides technical assistance around the issues of social change, power analysis, communications, and civic engagement. 

For more information on grantee workshops, contact our Grants Director.


Grantee Workshops