Funding Priorities




The Maine Women’s Fund makes Annual grants to programs that address the needs of women (of all ages) and girls in Maine. Eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations or groups that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3), are tax-exempt 7871 federally-recognized tribal organizations, or groups that submit an application through a fiscal sponsor that meets these requirements.


  1. General Operating Support: Operational costs that maintain and sustain the ongoing work and programs of an organization, i.e. salaries, benefits, rent, copying, phone, etc.

  2. Program or Project Grants: New or existing program/project costs or those that may be in addition to an organization’s regular programming.

The opportunity to apply for a 2019 grant has passed deadline; for more information about our 2019 grant awards, click here

These Annual Grants are complimented by the ongoing Swift Social Justice Grant awards, which are strategic for the Fund because they are developed by and for women and girls in communities most impacted by the current social and policy landscape. Several of our Swift Grantees have become Annual Grantees year, helping us to reach more women and girls, invest in more women leaders, and be more inclusive in our grantmaking.


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.

Capacity Building for Grantees

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

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