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Headwaters Foundation for Justice will launch the third round of the Community Innovation Grants in partnership with the Bush Foundation on Monday, September 1. Community Innovation Grants support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. We think of this as civic research and development, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.
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Headwaters Foundation for Justice announces the Community Innovation Grants in partnership with the Bush Foundation. This represents a new, unique grant fund for Headwaters, and is in addition to the existing Social Change Fund and Fund of the Sacred Circle.
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Headwaters Foundation for Justice is proud to announce its Social Change Fund grantees for 2014. Organizations received $10,000 in general operating support. The community-led grantmaking process included 20 volunteers who collectively contributed over 1,000 hours.
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Appetite for Change is grounded around the notion that food can be used to create health, wealth and social change. One of the biggest discoveries of the women and men who gather in the basement kitchen of a Harrison neighborhood church, however, has been how food is a catalyst for dialogue. The busy cooking seems to dismantle barriers and reservations, and the community opens up its thoughts, concerns and stories around cutting boards and stoves.
“I’m moved by Headwaters’ ability to understand that big change doesn’t happen by throwing money at huge organizations that have all of the bells and whistles – they know that real change comes out of funding the organizing power of the people,” Espejel said.

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