Grant Programs

Grants are awarded twice a year—in June and December—to Minnesota Girls.

Dare to Dream Grants


Fund Art, Cultural, Leadership, Educational, & Outdoors/Wilderness Experiences for girls in grades 4 through 12, allowing them to begin exploring the outside world and begin recognizing their own abilities, values and strengths in the process.

  • Applicant must reside in Minnesota
  • Requests cannot exceed $500

Spring deadline April 1, Fall deadline October 1


Print Dare to Dream Grant Guidelines | Become a Mentor


Let Me Play Grants


Fund Sport, Athletic, & Dance Equipment or Participation Fees for girls in grades K through 12,  giving them the opportunity to be part of a team, build strength and confidence, and push themselves farther—on the field and off.

  • Applicant must reside in Minnesota
  • Requests cannot exceed $500

Spring deadline April 1, Fall deadline October 1


Print Let Me Play Grant Guidelines | Become a Mentor


How to Apply for an Ann Bancroft Foundation grant:

Grant Application Guidelines

  • Each applicant must have an adult, non-immediate family (not the girl’s parent, guardian, brother, sister, aunt, or uncle) mentor who will guide her through the application process and, if funded, the registration process for the activity being funded.
  • The mentor cannot be the activity provider or the employee of the activity provider.
  • Former grant recipients may not re-apply.
  • Group applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be completed by both applicant and mentor, and must be signed by a parent or guardian of the applicant.
  • The activity being funded must begin after the grant notification date: November 20 for fall applications and May 20 for spring applications.  Activity must also be completed by high school graduation. All decisions are final.
  • The grant check for the activity will be written and sent directly to the activity provider as listed on the application.
  • Each grantee and mentor will be asked to tell us about her experience after completion of the activity.

Please direct all questions to Ann Bancroft Foundation by calling 612-338-5752 or e-mail

Send application to:
Ann Bancroft Foundation
211 N 1st Street #480
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Download the full Dare to Dream Grant Guidelines and Application

Download the full Let Me Play Grant Guidelines and Application



If you are unable to download the application and would like to request a hard copy, please send an email to:


For your reference,  the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) does not investigate or inquire into the qualifications, competency, safety, or appropriateness of the activity, program, providers, or mentor for which the grant application was made.  ABF is a granting organization only and relies upon the applicant, mentors, and activity providers to determine the propriety and safety of any given activity or program for a grantee. Therefore, by making this grant, ABF is not endorsing or making other representations regarding the chosen activities, programs, providers or mentors. The grantee's participation in  any given activity or program will be governed by the activity provider's terms of use or activity requirements.