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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, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota 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.

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Open Grants:

Fund for Safety

Open Through January 30, 2023.

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.

Recent & Upcoming Grants:

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

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

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..

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

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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the duration that funding is available. We have reached the maximum number of applications this quarter and will re-open in April 2023. For more information about this program, contact Erika Idrovo-Cuesta at or 612-236-1814.


The 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 or 612-236-1814.

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

Connect With Us!

The Community Impact team is pausing community office hours in February and March to allow time to focus on grantmaking, site visits, and processing competitive grants. We look forward to resuming community office hours in April. In the meantime, we look forward to connecting with you at our quarterly Community Connect event on February 23. RSVP below!

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, February 23, 2023 | 10-11:30 a.m.

In this edition of our Community Connect quarterly series, join us to learn more about how our recent listening series is influencing our grantmaking, policy, and narrative change priorities. In this 90-minute session, we’ll look back on our Summer of Convening with grantee-partners, and spend time networking as we grow a culture of healing and holistic well-being.

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