In the past 30+ years the Maine Women’s Fund has made over 490 bold investments totaling more than $2.6 million to 230 organizations investing in the power of women and girls across the state.
2020 Annual Grants
- A Company of Girls builds self-confidence and resiliency, cultivates leadership skills, and creates a community of tolerance and acceptance where uniqueness is celebrated and creativity thrives through experiences in theater, visual and culinary arts.
- ArtVan serves children ages 3-18 in 390 family apartment units in Bath, Brunswick, and Auburn through regularly scheduled visits. Their art therapy approach lets poverty-related stressors be pro-actively and externally expressed through art.
- The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine will pilot a warmline aimed at helping Maine's 16,000 home health workers to identify elder abuse and to report cases more effectively and frequently. Only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is currently reported.
- The Hope and Justice Project, Inc. will implement wellness recovery action plan workshops in 3 areas of Aroostook County to provide survivors of domestic violence with a working plan for achieving their wellness goals.
- The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund will enhance the ability of women from underrepresented communities to impact the decisions that affect their lives, and support the role that women continue to play in securing democratic rights for all.
- Mabel Wadsworth Center is Maine's only independent, non-profit, community-based feminist health center. Our funding will support a feminist model of care focused on sexual and reproductive health through education, advocacy, and clinical services.
- Maine Children's Alliance advocates for policies to support the 12,000 female-headed households and 14,000 children living in poverty in Maine, such as expanding access to education, job training, and improved work-family policies and food security.
- MaineTransNet will address the increasingly hostile social and political attacks that leave trans people hurt (often physically) and isolated; this grant will support their goal of ensuring one support program monthly in all sixteen of Maine's counties.
- New England Arab American Organization will provide a unique opportunity for New Mainer women to earn Child Development Associate certification. Participants will advance their skills and earn income while reflecting cultural diversity.
- One Less Worry provides personal care products, including pads and tampons, which cannot be paid for with SNAP or WIC benefits, to those in need in Knox County while destigmatizing and normalizing periods through their Period Friendly project.
- Restorative Justice Institute of Maine will partner with the residents of the Women's Correction Center to address harm and injustice through practices that build connection, equity, accountability, and healing.
- Family Futures Downeast addresses multi-generational poverty by combining post-secondary, workforce and career pathways for parents while their children receive high-quality early education. Our grant will help raise parent voices.
- Tree Street Youth supports youth of Lewiston-Auburn through programs rooted in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe space. They will build additional, intentional supports to reduce barriers to leadership experienced by young mothers.
- Wabanaki Public Health's mission is to provide community-driven public health services to all Wabanaki communities while honoring their cultural knowledge, cultivating innovation, and collaboration. They are overseen by Tribal leadership.
- Wayfinder Schools serves at-risk youth and teen parents, providing students with the experience necessary to discover their strengths and skills, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, contribute to their communities and earn a high school diploma.
- YWCA Central Maine, who advocates for racial and gender equity, will offer a custom Parent and Child Together learning experience to introduce New Mainer mothers and children to the structure of a US early learning classroom.
We are grateful to the 68 non-profit organizations of various sizes and from all areas of the state who submitted Letters of Interest in 2020. Each member of the Committee reviewed all requests and participated in a group discussion; from there, 27 of those organizations were invited to submit a more detailed proposal. After further assessment and due diligence by the committee, 16 organizations were selected for funding based on: strengths of the program and organization; the clearly identified need for the program; the diversity of geographic area and populations reached through the program; and opportunities to make the greatest impact and further the mission across the Maine Women’s Fund six funding areas: education, financial skills and literacy, healthcare, leadership, personal safety, and policy.
CA$H Maine Grants
These 16 annual grants are complemented by 11 smaller grants totaling $15,500 through our CA$H Maine capacity building initiative to members of the CA$H Maine community to help build their capacity to maximize utilization of the low income tax credit (and this year, access to stimulus payments) among other programs specifically designed to support lower-income families. The CA$H Maine capacity building initiative is providing us statewide reach and long-term impact with our 2020 financial skills and literacy grants.
Safety First for Women Grants
This year, we are also very proud to have awarded three emergency grants from our Safety First for Women Fund totalling over $53,000. Grantees include: Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence for their nine member resource centers, the Wabanaki Women's Coalition for their five domestic and sexual violence advocacy centers throughout the Wabanaki territories, as well the Maine Council on Aging in support of their advocacy for greater safety for direct care workers across the State.