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Funding Opportunities

Investing in Organizations, Leaders, and Movements

The Women’s Foundation has grant opportunities for organizations working in the impact areas of leadership & community power, safety, holistic well-being & reproductive justice, and economic justice.

Open Grants:

No open grants at this time. New grantmaking will re-open in April 2024.

Recent & Upcoming Grants:

For general grant inquiries and questions, please contact LaCora Bradford Kesti, Vice President of Community Impact, at 612-236-1842 or

View past grant programs: MN Girls Are Not for Sale | Pathways to Prosperity (P2P)

Community Response Fund

Through the Community Response Fund, the Women’s Foundation responds quickly with grants to organizations and programs that ensure women’s safe and healthy lives. Applications are invitation only. For more information and eligibility, please contact Erika or LaCora through their community office hour times: Schedule a 1:1 Connect Meeting.

Fund for Safety

The Fund for Safety resources innovation to end gender-based violence, a continuum that includes sex trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. For more information about this program, view the informational webinar or contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at or 612-236-1814.

girlsBEST (Building Economic Success Together)

Since 2002, girlsBEST has supported girl-led programs in Minnesota that increase the readiness of girls (ages 12-18) to achieve economic well-being. For more information about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at or 612-236-1814.

Holistic Well-Being & Reproductive Justice

As we build power with community partners leading the fight for reproductive justice, we are resourcing programs that increase access and expand health equity, healing justice, and reproductive justice for Minnesotans pushed to the margins.


The Innovators program provides direct investments to young women (ages 16-24) and supports their leadership development with quarterly convenings. The program will open for new applications in Summer 2024. For questions about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at or 612-236-1814.

Ripley Memorial Foundation

The Ripley Memorial Foundation awards grants to direct service programs located in Hennepin or Ramsey counties that focus on teen pregnancy prevention. For more information about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at or 612-236-1814..

How to Apply for Grants

If we have an open grant opportunity, read the grant guidelines to see if you are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted through our online portal, Spectrum. If you’re a new applicant, you will need to set up an account first.

Resources for completing a W-9 form:

We also fund groups that have fiscal sponsorship. Learn more about it.


Did you know that WFM makes sponsorship grants between $1,000 and $5,000 every year? Tell us about your event or project!

Connect With Us

The Community Impact team holds community office hours for organizations, programs, and individuals to connect and learn more about our work.


We fund community-led programs to build power and pathways to safety, leadership, holistic well-being, and economic justice.

Our Statewide Impact

Interactive Grants Map

Discover more about Women’s Foundation grantee-partners, statewide. Click on the icon in the upper right of the map to expand the legend and see other options for viewing. Use the drop-down menu in the legend to filter grantee-partners by fund, location, or impact area. Click on the map pins to see more grantee-partner information.

View a larger version of WFM Grantee-Partner map created with eSpatial mapping software.

Join us for Community Connect!

Community Connect is an informal biannual gathering for grantee-partners, community organization leaders, and staff to connect virtually and learn more about the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Our next event: December 14, 2023 from 10-11:30 a.m.

In the last Community Connect, we learned about how our recent listening series is influencing our grantmaking, policy, and narrative change priorities. We looked back on our Summer of Convening with grantee-partners, and spent time networking as we grow a culture of healing and holistic well-being. See the graphic harvest summarizing the series.

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