The Maine Women’s Fund announced $120,000 in direct grants, which are intended to provide general operational support to more than 24 grantee partners throughout Maine, according to a press release from the Falmouth-based foundation.
The grants will help advance a wide range of organizations working to end gender-based violence, improve financial literacy and literacy, promote health equity, ensure access to education, and improve gender equity through policy change. Since its inception 33 years ago, the fund has made more than 525 investments, totaling more than $3 million, in organizations that are transforming the lives of women and girls across the state.
“We recognize that our grantee partners are focused on meeting the needs of women and girls in Maine, while creating critical systems and social changes needed to create greater gender equity, especially for Black people, aboriginal people and people of color,” said Kimberly Crichton, executive director of the Maine Women’s Fund. “During this annual grant cycle, we deliberately chose to streamline the grant-making process to send immediate support to organizations working in all six Maine Women’s Fund funding areas: education, financial skills, and literacy, health care, leadership, personal and political security.”
“The Maine Women’s Fund is an inspiration, a coach and a connector for me all the time. Their support goes beyond grants to empower people,” said Claudette Ndayininahaze, co-founder and executive director of In Her Presence.
“At this time in history, we are especially proud to help support collaboration rather than competition between the many incredible organizations that have been at the forefront of our annual grantmaking to advance equity. gender over the past five years. We are thrilled to announce that one of our long-time grantee partners will share half of their grant with the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition in recognition of their powerful leadership on behalf of Wabanaki women and girls,” said Crichton.
“Beyond funding, the collaborative community supported by the Maine Women’s Fund is essential to moving toward lasting systemic change,” said Shannon Els, Executive Director of ArtVan.
Below are this year’s scholarships, listed in alphabetical order.
• A company of girls, Portland
• ArtVan, bath
• Institute on Elder Abuse of Maine, Brunswick
• Equality Maine Foundation, Portland
• Four Directions Development Company, Orono
• Gedakina, Inc., Essex, Vermont
• Immigrant Legal Defense Project, Portland and Lewiston
• In his presence, Westbrook
• League of Maine Women Voters Education Fund, Portland
• Mabel Wadsworth Centre, Bangor
• Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Augusta
• Maine Community Living, Lewiston
• MaineTransNet, Portland
• Maine Women’s Lobby Education Fund, Augusta
• Arab-American Organization of New England, Westbrook, Portland, Biddeford
• New Ventures Maine, Augusta
• Maine Restorative Justice Institute, Portland
• Somali Bantu Community Association, Lewiston
• Survivor Speak United States
• Tree Street Youth, Lewiston
• Wabanaki Public Health and Welfare, Bangor
• Wayfinder Schools, Brunswick, Camden, Machias
•YWCA Central Maine, Lewiston
Learn more about mainewomensfund.org.