COVID-19 Women & Girls Response Fund
In the four rounds of grantmaking through the COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund, WFMN has awarded more than $1 million to 80 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.
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.
Recent & Upcoming Grants
Next Request for Proposals will open in October 2021.
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 LaCora Bradford Kesti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-236-1842.
girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together)
Request for Proposals Closed April 15, 2021
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 email@example.com or 612-236-1856.
Investing in the Field
Request for Proposals Closed February 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-236-185.
Ripley Memorial Foundation
Request for Proposals Closed
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 email@example.com or 612-236-1856.
By Invitation Only
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 LaCora Bradford Kesti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-236-1842.
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 LaCora Bradford Kesti at email@example.com or 612-236-1842.
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Community Connect is an informal quarterly gathering for community members to connect virtually and learn more about the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.
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Thursday, October 28
Thursday, February 17, 2022
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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.
2020 Grantee Partners
(April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021)
2019 Grantee Partners
(April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020)
2018 Grantee Partners
(April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019)