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Investing in Organizations, Leaders, and the Movement

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has grant opportunities for organizations working in the three impact areas of economic opportunity, safety, and leadership.

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Grantmaking Funds & Grant Opportunities

For general grant inquiries and questions, please contact Cynthia J. Zapata, Community Impact Manager, at 612-235-1835 or

COVID-19 Women & Girls Response Fund

In the three rounds of grantmaking through the COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund, WFMN has awarded more than $625,000 to 76 organizations across the state to address the needs of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, policy-making and advocacy with underrepresented communities, and short-term financial support for everyday needs, including childcare, eldercare, food, housing, transportation, health, and wellness. A summary of investments can be found here.

As a systems change philanthropic organization, we continue to listen and evolve our grantmaking strategy to meet the needs of communities. To that end, the last round of responsive funding will be an invite-only process prioritizing WFMN grantee-partners, policy and advocacy, and underrepresented communities. If you’ve already submitted an application, we will notify all applicants of their grant status by June 30, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Cynthia J. Zapata at or 612-236-1835.

The WFMN Resource List for Women & Girls Impacted by COVID-19 for nonprofits directly working with women and girls and communities includes links to websites that are updated regularly with relevant information for the individuals and communities you serve. If your organization would like to add to this list, please email

Recent & Upcoming Grants

WFMN Innovators

RFP Opens Fall 2020
The WFMN Innovators program provides direct investments to young women (ages 16-24) and supports their leadership development with quarterly convenings. For more information about this program, contact Jasmine Sánchez at or 612-236-1856.

girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together)

Request for Proposals Closed April 15, 2020
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 Jasmine Sánchez at or 612-236-1856.

Investing in the Field

Request for Proposals Closed February 2020
Through the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, WFMN invests in front-line organizations working in the intersecting areas of economic opportunity, safety, respect, and leadership on behalf of and with young women to advance the YWI Blueprint for Action. For more information about this program, contact Jasmine Sánchez at or 612-236-185.

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 Jasmine Sánchez at or 612-236-1856.

By Invitation Only

Safety Fund

The WFMN 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, contact Cynthia J. Zapata at or 612-236-1835.

Community Response

Through the Community Response Fund, the Women’s Foundation awards grants to organizations and programs that align with the Foundation’s mission to respond quickly and invest in innovative solutions to drive gender and racial equity. Invitation Only. For more information about this program, contact Cynthia J. Zapata at or 612-236-1835.

View Past Grant Programs: MN Girls Are Not for Sale | Pathways to Prosperity (P2P)

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See 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 WFMN Grantee-Partner map created with eSpatial mapping software.

2019 Grantee Partners

(April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020)

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2018 Grantee Partners

(April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019)

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2017 Grantee Partners

(April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018)

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