Funding Priorities




The mission of the Maine Women’s Fund is to transform the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change. The Fund’s vision is a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper. Since 1989, the Fund has granted 435 awards totaling more than $2.25 million to 200+ organizations investing in the power of women and girls across the state.


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 2018 grant has passed deadline; for more information about our 2018 program, 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. For the first time, some of our Swift Grantees from last year are now Annual Grantees this year, helping us to reach more women and girls and diversify our grant portfolio. 



Granting 1990 - 2018


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 Grants Director.