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Dare to Dream Grant

Grants to Minnesota Girls in Grades 4-12 to Participate in
Cultural, Leadership, and Wilderness Educational Experiences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF)

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Grants of up to $500 to Minnesota girls in grades 4-12 to support leadership, wilderness and outdoors, art, cultural, and educational experiences. Funding is intended to help the girls recognize their own strengths, abilities, and potential as well as to begin exploring the outside world.

Each applicant must have a non-immediate family adult mentor (not the girl’s mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, or uncle) who will guide and support her through the application process and, if funded, support her through the activity. Parent/guardian and/or mentor cannot be the same as the activity provider.

A mentor is someone who can support a youth as they navigate new territory. Having emotional support to fall back on in moments of self-doubt provides a level of comfort when trying new things (such as applying for a grant).

The role of a mentor is multi-faceted, may be formal or informal, and may change or evolve as the needs of the mentee change. A mentor can be a role model, coach, sounding board, voice of reason, emotional support, counselor, and should be a trusted resource.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180265

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests cannot exceed $500.

Term of Contract:

The activity being funded must begin after the grant notification date (May 20 or November 20) and must be completed by high school graduation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a resident of Minnesota (exchange students do not qualify).

They must meet the age and grade guidelines for the program to which they are applying.

They must never have received an Ann Bancroft Foundation grant previously.

Dare to Dream Grant applications requesting items for purchase such as computers, cameras, and other tangible items are not fundable.

Pre-Application Information:

The Spring deadline is April 1, and the Fall deadline is October 1.

- Late, incomplete, and/or group applications will not be considered.
- Applicants will be notified of their grant status on or before the grant notification date—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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an application online:

E-mail application to

Fax to: 612-339-2192

Mail application to:
Ann Bancroft Foundation
211 North 1st Street, Suite 480
Minneapolis, MN 55401


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota