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Funding Opportunity: York County, Women United

Women United is a giving circle of United Way focused on the advancement of single mothers and their children in Southern Maine. Through philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy, we are leading critical work that will positively influence single mothers’ ability to meet basic needs, give their kids a strong start, and live longer, better lives.

In Fiscal Year 2024, Women United is looking to expand their footprint by investing in programming within York County. We are seeking to fund programming aligned with both Women United’s stated mission of advancing single mothers and their families as well as United Way of Southern Maine’s Thrive2027 framework and shared outcome measures. One to three total awards will be made for this opportunity. The minimum request is $10,000 and the maximum request is $50,000.

Women United Investment programs currently utilize an approach grounded in the following tenets to serve single mothers and their children. Applications should include one or more of these elements:

  1. Early Childhood Education (ages 0-8)
    Children have quality early learning and education experiences beginning at birth through third grade (Thrive2027 Goal 1)
  2. Family Economic Supports
    Parents have post-secondary education and employment opportunities and resources to achieve permanent financial stability (Thrive2027 Goal 2)
  3. Family Development and Social Capital
    Parents have the competence, confidence, and social connection skills they need to be successful parents and workers.
  4. Health & Well-being
    Single mothers and their children have the mental, physical and behavioral health needs met to mitigate adverse childhood experiences and substance use disorder (Thrive 2027 Goal 3).

All investments will reflect Women United’s Investment Philosophy:  

  • Women partnering with women to strengthen the fabric of our community.  
  • Realigning systems to advance moms and kids.  
  • Expanding horizons by building confidence and community.   

  and Women United’s Core Principles:   

  • Utilize a collaborative approach to working with community partners.  
  • Generate increased income or education for parents; increase literacy or social emotional skills or developmental milestones for children; and increase confidence and social connection skills for parents; and   
  • Identify a sustainability plan for continued funding.  

Please see the below LOI form for full details.

Key Dates:  

  • Letter of Interest submission deadline: May 5, 2023 
  • One-time funding available for September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024  
  • Applicants chosen to submit full proposals will be notified no later than: May 15, 2023   
  • Full proposals are due on June 30, 2023 
  • Full proposals will be notified of award no later than July 21, 2023 

If you have questions or would like to set up a time to discuss this opportunity, please reach out to Beth Campbell at bcampbell@uwsme.org.