Swift Social Justice Grants
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 Immigrant, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Communities of Color, and other marginalized people in this way.
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 policy and social landscape as they take action to 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, LGBTQ+ communities, immigrants and refugees, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the current social and policy landscape. 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.
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 over $34,000 in Swift Social Justice Grants to 23 different organizations. Awardees include: Choose Yourself; Communnity Change Inc.; Empower the Immigrant Woman; EqualityMaine; Gedakina; In Her Presence; League of Women Voters Education Fund; Maine Community Integration; Maine Jewish Museum; Maine Law School (Justice for Women Lecture); Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition; Women's March – Maine; Maine Women's Policy Center; MaineTransNet; Mano en Mano; New England Arab American Organization; For Us, By Us; Passamaquoddy Tribe; Resources for Organizing and Social Change (Poor People's Campaign); Somali Bantu Community Association; Somali Community Center of Maine; Wabanaki Health and Wellness; and the YWCA of Central Maine.
TO APPLY for a grant
Please contact Kimberly Crichton 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 short application form.
TO GIVE to this program
The Maine Women’s Fund welcomes donations large and small, and it is possible to designate your gift specifically to the Swift Social Justice Grants Program.
Special thanks to the women who spearhead the Karen Moran Leadership Fund, which seeded this grants program. Some of them are pictured here: (left to right) Marilyn Bronzi, Patrice Moran, MaryLou Michael with Executive Director Kimberly Crichton.