The Maypole Fund: Money from Women for Women

Do you have an imaginative project on anti-militarism; action against the arms trade; creating a culture of peace and preventing conflict and war; disarmament; or against nuclear weapons and weapons systems?

Maypole may be able to help with a grant of up to £750.


The Maypole Fund was set up in 1986 by women involved in the peace movement, especially with Greenham Common. Today, we are a group of feminists coming from various political backgrounds.

We are an unincorporated non-profit association. Our constitution is drawn up according to the guidelines for voluntary organisations. We have chosen not to seek charitable status.

Normally, it is men who own and control money. Maypole money is donated by women for women to use, and the group that runs the fund is all women. The money we have is invested so as to produce an income each year to distribute as grants. It is invested ‘ethically’ according to principles avoiding companies involved in armaments, gambling, tobacco and environmentally damaging activities.


Our aim is to resource imaginative, non-violent activities by feminist anti-militarist women – whether individual women or women only groups – to proactively challenge patriarchy.

This means we welcome applications from women only for projects and activities for any of the following:

  • anti-militarism;
  • action against the arms trade;
  • action against nuclear weapons and weapons systems;
  • creating a culture of peace and the prevention of conflict and war;
  • action to support disarmament policies, processes and related initiatives.

Please note: Be sure to use the 2017 application form when applying for a grant - this reflects the new guidelines and criteria.