The Maypole Fund was set up in 1986 by women involved in the peace movement, especially with Greenham Common. Today, Maypole Fund is a group of feminists coming from various political backgrounds.
The Maypole Fund is an unincorporated non-profit association. Their constitution is drawn up according to the guidelines for voluntary organisations. Maypole Fund has 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 Maypole Fund has 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.
The aim is to resource imaginative, non-violent activities by individual women and women's groups for the furtherance of peace with justice and environmental safety.
This means Maypole Fund welcomes applications from women for projects and activities for any of the following:
disarmament and action against the arms trade;
anti-militarism and action against male violence;
nuclear and environmental issues;
promoting women's social and political autonomy throughout the world;
international links between women for these purposes.