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Grantmaking

Investing in Organizations, Leaders, and the Movement

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.

COVID-19 Response for Women & Girls

In the four rounds of grantmaking through the Community Response Fund, WFMN 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.

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Open Grants:

Community Response Fund

Rolling Review

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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the duration that funding is available. Read the Intent to Apply RFP and view the informational webinar. For more information about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at erika@wfmn.org or 612-236-1814.

Recent & Upcoming Grants:

For general grant inquiries and questions, please contact LaCora Bradford Kesti, Community Impact Director, at 612-236-1842 or lacora@wfmn.org.

Community open office hours are available monthly: Schedule a time to meet

Fund for Safety

Request for proposals closed December 8, 2021.

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 lacora@wfmn.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 LaCora Bradford Kesti, Community Impact Director, at 612-236-1842 or lacora@wfmn.org.

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 erika@wfmn.org or 612-236-1814..

Investing in the Field (by invitation only)

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 LaCora Bradford Kesti, Community Impact Director, at 612-236-1842 or lacora@wfmn.org.

WFMN Innovators

The WFMN Innovators program provides direct investments to young women (ages 16-24) and supports their leadership development with quarterly convenings. For questions about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at erika@wfmn.org or 612-236-1814.

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

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.

Join us for Community Connect!

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. Each session will gather partners around a theme or impact area. If you’re doing work aligned with this impact area or are interested in this area, please join us!

Our next event: Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 10-11:30 a.m.

In this edition of WFMN’s Community Connect quarterly series, join us in conversation with partners aligned with WFMN’s Safety impact area. In this 90-minute session, we’ll share an early look at Safety grantmaking happening in September, highlights from a WFMN grantee-partner, and spend time networking to grow the movement to end gender-based violence.

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