Ann Bancroft Foundation offers grants to girls in K-12

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Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) has extended its  2021 fall grant cycle to Sunday, October 17, 2021, to give girls more time to apply for grants and to connect with a mentor to develop their application. Grants from Ann Bancroft Foundation are open to all Minnesota girls in grades K-12 and designed to give girls the strength to achieve their full potential while building confidence and self-esteem along the way. The goal is to create a community where girls embrace their confidence and show the world what they are made of. 

Each grant is an investment of up to $500 per girl.  The foundation’s grants have funded a wide range of activities and experiences including sports camps, music lessons, cultural heritage projects, horseback riding, dancing, oral histories, travel, writing classes and much more. In addition to the grant, a girl will have access to resources with which she can learn more about herself.

 “We know that these grants and the support that comes from this award can spark advancement and life-changing opportunities for girls. Every girl, regardless of background, and especially those on the margins of society, deserve a chance to pursue her dreams. Our role is to provide inspiration and support as they imagine and explore the possibilities,” said Executive Director Ethelind B. Kaba.

Each applicant is guided through the application process by an adult mentor of her choosing. Mentors can include teachers, coaches, family friends, or community leaders. A panel of program volunteers reviews applications. Grantees from the fall session will be announced in November.

Minnesota girls grades K-12 (including those who identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary people) can apply for the grant at