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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN): New Response Fund Invests in Women & Girls Impacted by COVID-19 – United States

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 10, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota - WFMN - logo
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota - WFMN - logo

At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN), a statewide community foundation, our mission is to invest in innovation to drive gender and racial equity. Women and girls are distinctly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2016, WFMN created the Community Response Fund to meet the urgent needs of communities across Minnesota who are working at the frontlines of gender and racial equity.

In response to the pandemic, WFMN is leveraging our responsive grantmaking infrastructure to launch the COVID-19 Women and Girls Response Fund, which will award a half-million dollars in emergency grants on a rolling basis, from April 2020 through 2021.

In addition, we created the WFMN Resource List for Women & Girls Impacted by COVID-19 for nonprofits directly working with women and girls and communities deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota.
The list includes links to websites that are updated regularly with relevant information for the individuals and communities you serve. If your organization would like to add to this list, please email [email protected].

Utilize This Offer

WFMN invites Minnesota organizations and initiatives serving women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, older women, 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) to apply for emergency grants of up to $10,000.

Grants submitted after June 12, 2020, will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling deadline through 2021.

Please note that you must submit your application online.

For more information, please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 10, 2020
May 10, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020

Thanks, Ana!