Swift Social Justice Grants

Now in its second year, the Swift Social Justice Grant program has allowed a wide variety of organizations to meet its challenges head on. We are so proud to have been able to stand with women and girls from the immigrant, LGBTQI+, and other marginalized communities in this way. You can learn more about our first year grantees and their projects here.

WHY we created this program

The Maine Women’s Fund created the Swift Social Justice Grants Program to stand with women and girls from communities targeted in our current political and cultural landscape as they address immediate threats or take advantage of opportune moments.

WHO should apply

The program is designed to meet timely requests from organizations by and for communities of color, religious minorities, LGBTQIA communities, immigrants and refugees, and other disproportionately impacted populations. Organizations serving all people, as well as organizations serving boys and men, may apply if eligible, but all funding requests must specifically explain how those who identify as female will lead and be positively impacted by the grant work.

GRANT size

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $1,500. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis and can expect an answer to their request within four-five weeks of submitting their application. For successful applicants, contracts and checks are processed shortly after that. 

WHO we've funded so far

Thus far we've given out $23,350 in Swift Social Justice Grants to 16 different organizations. Awardees include: Empower the Immigrant Woman, Equality Maine, Gedakina, Maine Community Integration, Maine Immigrant Rights Coalitoin, Maine Jewish Museum, MaineTransNet, Maine Women’s Policy Center, Mano en Mano, New England Arab American Organization, Passamaquoddy Trive at Sipayik, Rise and Shine Youth Retreat partnering with For Us/By Us, Somali Community Center of Maine, University of Maine School of Law Foundation, Wabanaki Health and Wellness and the YWCA of Central Maine.

TO APPLY for a grant

Please contact Kimberly Crichton, Grants Director, or 774-5513 x202, if your organization and your work is a good fit for this unique funding opportunity. Kimberly provides eligible organizations with guidance on the process and the link to the application form.

TO GIVE to this program

The Maine Women’s Fund welcomes donations large and small. If you are an interested donor, please know you can allocate your gift directly to the Swift Social Justice Grants Program by clicking here. To learn more about the Karen Moran Leadership Fund, please click here. 

Special thanks to the women who spearhead the KMLF, (left to right) Marilyn Bronzi, Patrice Moran, MaryLou Michael, and Grants Director Kimberly Crichton.