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Women’s Foundation Announces New Community Response Fund Grants

The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFM) announced $70,000 in Community Response Fund grants to seven organizations.

Through the Community Response Fund, the Women’s Foundation responds quickly to organizations and programs that ensure women and their families are safer and healthier. Funding supports reproductive justice, healing justice, and emergent community needs.

All Women’s Foundation grants support general operating expenses, which provide greater flexibility, crucial for organizations to build stability around community-sustaining programs. Applications are invitation only. For more information and eligibility, please contact the team through WFM’s community office hours.

Grantee-Partners:

Divine Konnections Inc. (Duluth) | $10,000 – To support Annie’s House of Refuge & Restoration (AHRR) program, which houses BIPOC mothers ages 18-28 who are pregnant, in the process of reunification, and/or have a child(ren) 4 years old or younger. Divine Konnections Inc. is a Black-woman-led organization that provides housing and culturally specific wraparound and support services to young BIPOC mothers and their children who are at risk of, or who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) (Minneapolis) | $10,000 – To sustain vital advocacy and therapeutic services for women who have experienced domestic violence as well as support avenues for listening to and lifting survivor voices through listening sessions. Over the years, Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) has built effective therapy, advocacy, and case management programs, evolving with community needs and research on violence and trauma.

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (St. Paul) | $10,000 – To support the Economic Mobility Hub for American Indians in the East Metro (the Hub) in advancing racial and gender equity for American Indian women and their families living in intergenerational poverty, to help them increase their family’s stability and economic mobility. Interfaith Action employs an interfaith, multiracial, and intergenerational approach to on-the-ground and systemic solutions.

Marnita’s Table, Inc. (Minneapolis) | $10,000 – To support programs that elevate women’s voices, focused on improving access to healthcare, holistic health and wellness, and mental health to the community at large and youth through the model of Intentional Social Interaction (IZI). Since 2005, Marnita’s Table has turned the metaphor “a seat at the table” into an embodied, replicable, transformational practice in which members of traditionally underserved, underrepresented, and under-resourced communities are authentically welcomed to the decision-making and resource-sharing table.

Planned Parenthood North Central States (St. Paul) | $10,000 – To increase accessibility to telehealth and patient navigation services, including Abortion Patient Navigation and LGBTQ Care Coordination. Planned Parenthood’s mission is to affirm the right to reproductive and sexual health and freedom for all by providing excellent medical care, trusted education programs, and strategic advocacy efforts.

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) (Minneapolis) | $10,000 – To support the responders, healers, caregivers, navigators, builders, disruptors, and storytellers leading the work focused on self-healing and self-care to community members harmed by anti-Muslim violence and misogyny. RISE’s mission is to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women through storytelling, leadership development, and civic engagement.

WE Health Clinic, P.A. (Duluth) | $10,000 – To support general operations for abortion care services and additional healthcare services such as miscarriage management and gender-affirming hormone care. WE Health Clinic’s mission is to provide, advance, and advocate for evidence-based reproductive and sexual health care for all.

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