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Fund for Safety

We know that safety is the underpinning for equity; it improves health outcomes, impacts leadership, and increases pathways to prosperity. With the MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign to combat sex trafficking (2011-2019), the Women’s Foundation catalyzed a sea change in our state’s response to sex trafficking. The Fund for Safety continues and expands our investment in women’s safety as it works with communities to end gender-based violence.

Now accepting grant applications! Online submission with financial documents must be submitted by January 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

For any program-related questions, please email Erika Idrovo-Cuesta, program officer, at erika@wfmn.org.

Grantmaking & Grantee-Partners

As the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has transformed our role from a catalytic leader with MN Girls Are Not For Sale to supporting partner, we continue to expand our strategic focus on safety and work with communities to end gender-based violence. Grants resource innovation to end gender-based violence, a continuum that includes including sex trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, as well as state and structural violence. We invest in the organizations, leaders, and the movement to create a Minnesota where girls and women are free from every form of violence and can experience their homes, schools, and communities as safe places.

Learnings from our Road to Transformation Listening Series inform and evolve our grantmaking strategies, in response to community concerns and needs. Current funding through the Fund for Safety invests in organizations that innovate and strengthen their communities, staff and leadership, operations, and programs in response to the pandemic and the uprising for racial justice.

In partnership with community leaders, the Women’s Foundation follows an ethos of listening and responding to community concerns to drive strategic, cross-sector plans and create collective impact.

Explore our grantmaking timeline to see other recent and upcoming grant opportunities.

Fund for Safety Evaluation

The Fund for Safety is working toward ending gender-based violence through:

  • Strengthening systems and infrastructure to sustain the movement to end gender-based violence including sex trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment
  • Investing in and elevating leaders and organization working with communities of color, American Indian communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, Greater MN communities, and immigrant and refugee populations

Grantee-partners deepen community leadership and organizational capacity, raise awareness
about gender-based violence, lay the foundation for positive systems change, and contribute to
the safety and wellness of community members and staff. Learn more about our partners’ impact through youth leadership, healing and wellness, advocacy and systems change, and direct assistance in the 2022 evaluation.

View the 2020 evaluation.

Spotlights & Impact Updates

Explore our funds and areas of impact