Ann Bancroft Foundation Fall 2023 Grant Application
The Ann Bancroft Foundation is working to create a world where every girl has a chance to live her dream and reach her full potential.
The Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) 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, outdoor/wilderness experiences, sport, athletic, dance equipment, or participation fees. The experiences the Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant supports will 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.
Every person benefits from having a support system to encourage and inspire them to be their best self. For youth, this support is needed in order to help them navigate the world, unlock their confidence, and pursue their dreams. At ABF, the role of a mentor is an integral part of the grant experience. Before applying for an ABF grant, the applicant must self-identify a mentor who will help them navigate the online grant application process, who will continue to support them throughout the grant activity, and who will be a resource for them as they continue on in the future. A mentor may be a teacher, coach, family friend, youth group leader, or other adult role model. The mentor does not have to be directly involved with the activity to be a mentor. For the application process, a mentor cannot be an immediate family member (a parent/guardian, sibling, aunt/uncle, cousin, etc.) OR the organizer of the activity. For more information about mentorship for the ABF grant, click here. If you have any questions about the mentorship component or identifying a mentor in your life, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-361-8195
How to Apply Online:
Before beginning a grant application, please review the grant eligibility guidelines.
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 this 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. If you would like to see some tips or advice on filling out your application, click here.
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. Once the application is submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email to the address listed on the account.
Applications that are not fully submitted will not move forward into the review process and are ineligible for funding during the current grant cycle. We do not accept any applications after the stated deadline.
Selection and Notification Process:
Once the application is submitted, it will be screened by a representative from the Ann Bancroft Foundation to ensure that it is complete and valid before going to the granting committee. If there are any changes that need to be made, a representative from the Ann Bancroft Foundation will contact the applicant by emailing the primary email address.
The Granting Committee will not review applications until after the grant cycle deadline. The review and selection process will take 5-6 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.
Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.
If awarded a grant - applicants will have an opportunity attend an Orientation in November. This orientation will be virtual.
Grant checks will be mailed on or after November 15, 2023. In order for a grant check to be mailed, we must:
Receive an invoice from the Activity Provider - A simple invoice from the activity provider is what we need. The invoice must include the first and last name of the grantee, the cost of the activity (the dollar amount on the invoice must be equal to or greater than the grant award amount), a brief description of the cost of the activity (Ex: lessons/practice, competition fees, equipment), the name of the activity provider or who the check should be written out to, and the mailing address for the activity provider. We are here to help with getting an invoice. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Lauren, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 612-361-8195.
Applicant + Parent Guardian must sign & complete the Grant Acceptance Form - This form will be provided in the notification letter sent to grant recipients.
Attend a virtual orientation (if able) - Date and time will be communicated to all grant recipients in the notification letter.
Grant Application Deadline: Fall 2023 — October 01, 2023 @ 11:59pm CST.
For any questions, please call our granting office at 612-361-8195 or e-mail Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help in the process so please reach out with questions or if you need any assistance.
You can sign up for the Ann Bancroft Foundation email list here.