Local nonprofits that offer programs seeking to improve the lives of women, children and families have until Dec. 1 to express interest in applying for 2023 grants from the Maine Women’s Giving Tree.

​To be eligible, organizations must serve residents of Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham or Woolwich. Agencies should email a one-page “letter of intent,” briefly describing their proposal and the amount of their request, to grants@mainewomensgivingtree.org. Letters must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Selected organizations will be asked to submit formal grant applications by Dec. 15.

​The nonprofit Maine Women’s Giving Tree makes grants of $3,000-$10,000 each spring, awarding both “seed” grants and funds to sustain programs it has supported in the past. Since 2012, the women’s group has contributed nearly $500,000 to dozens of local nonprofits.

Founded in 2009 by nine local women, the Giving Tree now has more than 80 members who share a commitment to improving the lives of women, children and families in their Midcoast communities. ​For more information, visit mainewomensgivingtree.org.​