Giving Project Grants for Organizations led by and for BIPOC in Minnesota

The Headwaters Foundation for Justice’s Giving Project grants support organizations that are led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) that use a community organizing approach to address root causes of injustice.

Donor Name: Headwaters Foundation for Justice

State: Minnesota

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/13/2022

Size of the Grant: $30,000

Grant Duration: 2 years


Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) believes that people who are closest to injustice have the wisdom and power to transform society. Giving Project Grants support organizations that prioritize community organizing as the core strategy to engage and build power in their communities in order to change systems and advance equity and justice.

Giving Project grants provide general operating support to organizations that lead grassroots organizing work across Minnesota.

While the work will differ, all Giving Project grantees will share the following characteristics:

  • They use community organizing as a core strategy to engage and build power in their communities in order to change systems and advance equity and justice.
  • They are led by and for BIPOC communities most directly affected by the issues the organization is working on. At least 51% of their board of directors, staff and community identify as BIPOC.
  • Their leadership is reflective of and accountable to their community.
  • They continually build leadership from within their membership, base, or community. The base has a role in the organization’s decision-making.
  • They bring people together to build power they wouldn’t have individually. They define power as “the capacity of a group of people to decide what they want and to act in an organized way to get it.” (Class Action, Building Bridges Across the Class Divide).
  • They use that power to create institutional, cultural, and/or structural change.
  • They see their organization as part of a larger movement for social change, and work towards strengthening that movement.
  • They use an intersectional, cross-issue approach that makes connections between race, class, and gender.
  • They have limited access to mainstream funding sources.

Funding Information

The grant provides $30,000 in general operating support over two years ($15,000 per year for 2 years).

Eligible Organizations

HFJ encourages emerging and established organizations at all stages of work to apply for a Giving Project Grant.

To be eligible an organization must:

  • Be legally incorporated entity with 501(c)(3), or, 501(c)(4) status, or have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Be based in and carry out their work in Minnesota.
  • Satisfy reporting requirements for all previous HFJ grants.

For more information, visit Giving Project Grants.