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Because when women and girls thrive, communities prosper.

Maine Women's Fund

The Maine Women's Fund is a public foundation that transforms the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change.

We believe that when Maine women and girls thrive, our communities prosper.


We are happy to report that for the 2018 - 19 grant cycle we received 70 Letters of Interest (LOIs).

All LOI applicants will be notified by mid-March and either invited to submit a full proposal (2018 Guidelines and Application) or invited to learn more about what the reviewers saw as the strengths and weaknesses of their LOI.

  • The Fund gives away about $100,000 a year through our annual grantmaking program. The number of grants we award depends a little bit on how much each request is. We are actively growing our grantmaking, and thank our community for making that possible! 

  • Best practice in the funding community is to invite about twice the number they expect to fund to the second stage of a two-stage application process.

The Maine Women’s Fund Grants Committee includes some of its board members and others they appoint.  The committee includes many factors in the decision making including: 1) the strength of the applications; 2) diversity of application's progams and its benficiaries (including geographic and demographic distribution); 3) opportunities to make the greatest impact across all six funding areas with the Fund’s limited resources. The grants committee makes final recommendations to the board, which makes all final grant decisions.

We look forward to announcing our 2018 annual grants in June! 

To learn more about the organizations we support, we hope you'll come to our Leadership Luncheon April 26, or read these summaries describing our annual grant partners and our swift social justice grant partners