Grant Programs

Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) grants are awarded to Minnesota girls each year to inspire and encourage them to imagine something bigger. ABF continues to support these girls on their journey to discovering themselves, unlocking their confidence and self-esteem, and embracing and pursuing their dreams. These grants help give girls the tools they need to find success throughout their lifetime.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant Application is open to any K - 12th grade Minnesota resident who identifies as a girl, including those who identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary people. Grants are available to fund art, cultural, leadership, educational, outdoors/wilderness experiences, sport, athletic, dance equipment, or participation fees. Given the increased requirements for technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for this Fall 2021 Granting Cycle, we will continue to fund technology equipment and technology access for the aforementioned activities. The experiences the Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant supports help applicants begin to explore the outside world around them through the lens of recognizing their own abilities, values, and strengths and provide them with the opportunity to be part of a team, build strength and confidence and push themselves farther. The Fall 2021 Grant Application opens Sunday, August 1, 2021. Please click the  banner below to apply for the Fall 2021 Grant Cycle which is due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

For COVID-19 specific resources, please visit our resource page or general resources for girls page.

For updates from the Ann Bancroft Foundation and additional resources, please be sure that you are on our email list and that you follow and check our social media. If you have questions about grants, please contact Mary Genevieve, Programs and Operations Intern, or Christine Ganzlin, Interim Executive Manager at   

How to apply

Have an activity picked out? Have a mentor lined up? Ready to apply for a grant? Use this page to guide you through our online application process. Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year.  The deadline for 2021 has been extended to October 17.


When completing an application, it is normal to run into a few questions. Here are our frequently asked questions when applying for an ABF grant. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please contact us. 


Since 1997, ABF has supported over 5,027 different Minnesota girls in pursuing their dream(s) and pushing the limits. In 2019-2020, we awarded more than $216,665 to 413 girls. These girls are the future of our community.


Our grant application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year. The deadline for 2021 has been extended to October 17.

 Questions? Email