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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 Cynthia@wfmn.org.
RFP Now Open!

COVID-19 Women & Girls Response Fund

The COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund is issuing a half-million dollars in emergency grants of up to $10,000 to organizations serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, and women and girls who need short-term financial support for everyday needs due to the effects of COVID-19 (childcare, eldercare, food, housing, transportation, health, and wellness). For more information about this program, contact Cynthia J. Zapata at Cynthia@wfmn.org or 612-236-1835.

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RFP Now Open!

girlsBEST (girls Building Economic Success Together)

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.

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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 Brook LaFloe at brook@wfmn.org or 612-236-1835.

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 Brook LaFloe at brook@wfmn.org or 612-236-1835.

Ripley Memorial Foundation

RFP Coming July 2020
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

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 cynthia@wfmn.org 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 cynthia@wfmn.org or 612-236-1835.


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

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What is Community Connections? Community Connections is an informal quarterly gathering for community members to connect and learn more about the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Our next Community Connections is Saturday, June 6, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, 105 5th Avenue S, Suite 300, in Minneapolis. Drop-in any time. We hope you can join us! Please fill out this quick survey to RSVP.

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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.

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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2016 Grantee Partners

(April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017)

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