Grants of $500 will be awarded to Minnesota girls in grades K-12 and are designed to give girls the strength to achieve their full potential while building confidence and self-esteem.

Applications are available at www.annbancroftfoundation.org.

These grants have funded a wide range of activities and experiences including sports camps, music lessons, horseback riding, dancing, travel, writing classes and more. Applicants are guided through the application process by an adult mentor of their choosing, such as a teacher, coach or family friend.

Grants are based on several factors including financial need, a personal or family challenge and other barriers. Grant awards will be announced in November.

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Since 1997, ABF has awarded more than $2 million to 5,200 Minnesota girls. The organization also connects girls to mentors who provide guidance, encouragement and friendship at a critical time in their lives.

The foundation exemplifies the spirit of explorer and educator Ann Bancroft, whose leadership and personal and historic achievements have inspired all people to take on new challenges.