Annual Grants

 A League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund volunteer helps a new citizen learn how to register to vote. Congratulations to our bold 2019 - 2020 grantees!

 

The YWCA of Central Maine has been working to eliminate racism and empower women and girls in Lewiston-Auburn for 140 years by removing barriers to economic security, health and safety, while ensuring racial justice. Our funding will support their participation as a pilot site for the national STEM program, Curated Pathways to Innovation.

 

Tree Street Youth supports youth of Lewiston-Auburn through programs rooted in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference. We are pleased to advance their work to improve the conflict resolution skills of teenage girls.  

 

Spurwink provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults, and families throughout Maine. We’ll be investing in the development of protocols and pilot project for the coordination of cases for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) at the Cumberland County Children’s Advocacy Center, informing the development of CSEC programs statewide.

 

Speak About It is a sexual assault prevention and consent education organization, using theater to build empathy and spark critical dialogue among diverse audiences. We’re proud to fund the presentation of free high school programs throughout Maine that are culturally competent, affirmative, pleasure-focused and inclusive of queer identities.

 

Shaw House supports homeless youth in achieving a viable plan for the future by providing safe shelter and access to services to assist them in transitioning from homelessness. The Women in Leadership Program will create opportunities for young women to mentor with women in leadership positions within the community to offer inspiration and encouragement.

 

New Ventures Maine helps people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families by providing training and coaching in planning a career, starting a business, managing money, building assets and developing leaders. We are proud to continue support for Start Over Start Strong courses for women who are incarcerated.

 

Maine Community Integration sustains the social vitality and cultural vibrancy of New Mainers heritages by strengthening family life through educational programming, advocacy, and cultural brokering services. We are investing in the growth of their robust cultural enrichment program designed to meet the needs of African immigrant girls, called Isku Filan (Strong Girls).

 

Mabel Wadsworth Center is Maine’s only independent, non-profit, community-based feminist health center, providing sexual and reproductive health through education, advocacy and clinical services. This year’s grant will support a Client Advocate position to reduce the rate of uninsured women and LGBTQ people by providing on-site MaineCare enrollment assistance.  

 

League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has fought since 1920 to expand participation in the democratic process and give political voice to all Americans. We are thrilled to support their work with underrepresented communities including students, rural women, and immigrants to register voters and increase civic engagement beyond Election Day.

 

In Her Presence brings together immigrant women from across communities and generations to ensure that Maine’s economic agenda includes the aspirations and needs of immigrant women. Our funding will support elder women participants in “The Seniors,” a pilot program to build resiliency and improve social connections to reduce isolation.  

 

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is Maine’s only state-wide immigration legal services organization. They help low-income immigrants improve their legal status and work for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. We’re investing in their vital work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence and trafficking who face significant barriers to safety.

 

Four Directions Development Corporation works to improve the social and economic conditions of the Wabanaki tribes through education and investment in affordable housing, tribal business ventures, and Native entrepreneurship. Funding will support the Circuit Rider program which provides individual and group financial education in the tribal communities.

 

Equality Maine Foundation influences opinion leaders, policy makers, media and the general public on important issues that impact LGBTQ Mainers. Our funding will advance their work to simplify the process for changing gender markers on critical identity documents and bring this meaningful change to transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.

 

ArtVan provides a creative and collaborative environment to encourage youth who have little or no arts access to fully express their imaginations, relationships and experiences. We’re investing in their core mobile program that has long-standing partnerships with neighborhood housing for low-income families in Bath, Brunswick, Lewiston, Auburn and Biddeford.

The Maine Women’s Fund is the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing gender equity.  In 2017, the Maine Women’s Fund created a rolling Swift Social Justice Grants Program to compliment the Annual Grants Program and stand with women and girls from communities disproportionately impacted by the current policy and social landscape as they address immediate threats or take advantage of opportune moments. 

We look forward to releasing our 2020 Annual Grant Opportunity in January of 2020!