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Grantmaking

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

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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

Safety Fund

The Fund for Safety Request for Proposals is now open. Applications are due by Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Learn more by watching this informational webinar and apply here.

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.

WFMN Innovators

Request for Proposals is now open. Applications for the 2022 cohort are due by January 26, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

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 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 Jasmine Sánchez at jasmine@wfmn.org or 612-236-1856.

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 jasmine@wfmn.org or 612-236-1856.


By Invitation Only

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 LaCora Bradford Kesti at lacora@wfmn.org or 612-236-1842.

Investing in the Field

Through the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, WFMN invests in front-line organizations working in the intersecting areas of economic opportunity, safety, 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 jasmine@wfmn.org or 612-236-185.


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

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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.

Drop-in at one of our next events:

Thursday, October 28, 2021: 10-11:30 a.m.
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.

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

2020 Grantee Partners

(April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021)

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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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