The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing economic security for women and girls, recently received a $25,000 grant from a private foundation to support three additional grants in 2016, for a total of $136,400 in grants to fifteen organizations. In March, the Fund had awarded $111,400 to twelve organizations that had submitted applications for the 2016 grant cycle.
Programs funded by the Maine Women’s Fund improve the quality of life for Maine women and girls through increased access to education and healthcare, developing financial literacy and leadership skills, influencing public policy, and advancing safety from harm. The three additional Maine Women’s Fund 2016 Economic Security Initiative grant recipients are:
Crisis & Counseling Centers, Inc. – Financial Freedom: Empowering Women in Recovery – to provide financial literacy and education to women in recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties.
New Ventures Maine – Mini-grants: Measuring Success, Sustaining Value – will research and document the value/impact of mini- grants by surveying past mini-grant applicants and awardees and design/implement a plan to fund mini-grants for three years, expand their reach and coordinate with Main Street communities.
Maine NEW Leadership – an intensive, six-day, nonpartisan public leadership institute offered free of charge to a diverse group of college women from across Maine that provides unique experiential training in many aspects of policy making, including public speaking, coalition building, networking, advocacy, and running for office.
The twelve previously announced grantee organizations are: A Company of Girls, Family Crisis Services, Four Directions Development Corporation, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Maine Women’s Policy Center, Islesboro Community Center, ROiL dba Maine Inside Out, Spurwink, Waldo County General Hospital, and Wayfinder Schools. Descriptions of all this year’s grant awards may be found here.