Swift Social Justice Grants

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 disproportionately impacted by the 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 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

In the first six months of the program, the Maine Women’s Fund has dispersed almost $15,000 to Swift Grantees, with most applicants funded at the level they requested. Awardees include: Empower the Immigrant Woman, Maine Community Integration, Maine Jewish Museum, MaineTransNet, Maine Women’s Policy Center, New England Arab American Organization, Rise and Shine Youth Retreat partnering with For Us/By Us, Somali Community Center of Maine, Wabanaki Health and Wellness and the YWCA of Central Maine.

TO APPLY for a grant

Please contact Kimberly Crichton, Grants Director, or 774-5513 x206, 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.