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.

We released our Letter of Interest (LOI) form for our 2020 Annual Grants in early January and recieved 68 responses! To see who was funded, check out our 2020 Grants page! 

For general information about what we fund please see our 2020 Annual Grant Guidelines

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. 

On occasion, the Maine Women's Fund will also raise funds to meet an immediate need for women and girls. Our Safety First for Women emergency fund allowed us to shift resources and attention to two of the biggest needs facing women across Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence and the needs of direct care workers.  

We welcome your questions about our Annual Grants or our Swift Social Justice Grant Opportunity! Please contact us at


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.