How to apply for an ann bancroft foundation grant

 

The online application for the fall has now closed. Check back in February 2020 for the next grant application!

Our grant application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year.  Questions? Email grants@annbancroftfoundation.org

The Dare to Dream grant application is open to any 4th–12th grade Minnesota resident who identifies as a girl, including those who identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary people. Dare to Dream grants are available to fund art, cultural, leadership, educational, & outdoors/wilderness experiences (does not fund tangible items). These experiences will help the applicant begin to explore the outside world around them through the lens of recognizing their own abilities, values, and strengths.

The Let Me Play 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. Let Me Play grants are available to fund sport, athletic, & dance equipment or participation fees. These experiences will give the applicant the opportunity to be part of a team, build strength and confidence, and push themselves farther—on the field and off.

Beyond the age limit requirements of each grant, the Dare to Dream and Let Me Play grant application process is the same. Please see below.
 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY

  • All applications will need to be completed online by the applicant, mentor, and parent/guardian.*
  • Grant application deadlines: April 1 for the spring granting cycle and October 1 for the fall granting cycle.
  • Grant requests may not exceed $500 total. The activity may cost more than $500, but $500 is the maximum grant request amount.
  • Each applicant must have an adult mentor who will guide the applicant through the application process and, if funded, the registration process for the activity. The mentor cannot be a family member (not the girl’s parent, guardian, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandmother, or grandfather), the activity provider, or an employee of the activity provider. Click here for more information on ABF grant mentorship.
  • Applications must be completed by both applicant and mentor, and the application must be signed by a parent/guardian of the applicant.
  • An applicant may only apply to one ABF grant. If awarded a grant (whether Dare to Dream or Let Me Play), the applicant cannot apply for another ABF grant - grants are awarded only once in a lifetime. Former grant recipients cannot apply for another ABF grant, but any grant applicant who was previously declined may (and are encouraged to) re-apply for a grant.
  • Group applications will not be considered. Each grant applicant must apply as an individual.  
  • The activity being funded must be completed by high school graduation. Please note that ABF will not fund activities that take place the summer after graduation.
  • The grant check will be written and sent directly to the activity provider as listed in the application in early June (spring grant cycle) or early December (fall grant cycle).
  • Each grantee and mentor will be required to complete a grant follow-up survey after completion of the activity.
     

How to Apply Online

  • To begin the grant application process, the grant applicant will create a SurveyMonkey Apply account (click the blue 'Register' or 'Apply' button in the upper right hand corner of the SurveyMonkey Apply page) with a valid e-mail address. The email address used as the account email address will be the primary email address the Ann Bancroft Foundation uses to communicate with the applicant (e.g. for grant notification, follow-up questions, etc.).
  • After creating the account within SurveyMonkey Apply, the applicant will be sent an email to confirm the account email address before being able to begin the grant application. Please be sure to have a correct email address as the account email and one that you will be checking regularly. 
  • Once you have verified your account email address, you will be sent another email with a link to log in and begin the grant application.
  • The grant application contains 8 required tasks within the application portal. Once all tasks are completed (by either the applicant or mentor), the applicant will need to 'review and submit' the application. Please use this document to walk you through how to work within the application portal.
  • The applicant will add their mentor as a 'collaborator' using the mentor's preferred (valid) email address. Once the applicant has added their mentor as a collaborator, the mentor will receive an email invitation to access the applicant's grant application by creating their own log-in information. Please only add one collaborator (mentor) within your application.
  • The applicant will complete parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 within the application.
  • The mentor will complete parts 6 and 8 within the application.
  • Please answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. It is important that the applicant answer the questions in part 5 (not the mentor/parent/guardian on the applicant's behalf) to the best of the applicant's ability. As much detail as the applicant can provide will help the review committee have a better understanding of how this grant will help the applicant pursue her dreams. When the mentor is completing the questions in part 6, it is recommended that they provide as much information as possible, too, in order for the review committee to understand how they plan to support and encourage their mentee.
  • Once all 8 parts within the application are 'marked as complete', applicants must press the "review & submit" button to review all application answers. If everything looks good, please press "submit your application' for the application to be considered complete and move forward into review. If the applicant needs to edit any of the 8 parts that have been marked as complete, please click the ellipse (...) button in the top right corner of the specific part you would like to edit.
     

Selection and Notification Process

  • Once the application is submitted, it will be screened by a representative from the Ann Bancroft Foundation before going to the granting committee to ensure that it is complete and valid. If there are any changes that need to be made, a representative from the Ann Bancroft Foundation will email the account email address. 
  • The Granting Committee will not review applications until after the grant cycle deadline. The review and selection process will take 4-7 weeks after the deadline for the application submissions.
  • Applicants will be notified of their grant status on or before the grant notification date via an email to the primary email address on the application account —all decisions are final.
  • Mentors will also be notified via email of their mentee's grant status - please make sure the mentor's email address listed in the application is valid and correct. 


QUESTIONS?

Please direct all questions to the Ann Bancroft Foundation by calling 612-338-5752 ext. 191 or e-mailing grants@annbancroftfoundation.org.

*The Ann Bancroft Foundation wants our grant applications to be accessible to everyone. If you are unable to complete an online application, please contact us so we may work with you to complete the application offline. You may send an email to grants@annbancroftfoundation.org or call us at 612-338-5752 x 191.

 

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. It is the applicant's, the applicant's care givers', and the mentor's responsibility to assess the appropriateness of 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, activity 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.