"We have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And we have to do it all the time."

Angela Davis

In May 2020, Headwaters created The Transformation Fund in response to the murder of George Floyd. We wanted to move money quickly to frontline organizations as they cared for their communities and kept fighting against an ongoing culture of institutional violence and white supremacy. We also wanted to support the long-term movement work required for lasting change and collective liberation.

Since June, we’ve provided over $1 million dollars in rapid response funding to frontline organizations and communities through the first phase of this initiative. 

We are now thrilled to launch the second phase of The Transformation Fund. Grants will provide $25,000 of general operating support per year for three years, for a total of $75,000. This grant will support BIPOC-led groups that use a community organizing approach to advance justice, collective liberation, and self-determination. Eligible organizations will demonstrate accountability to their community and have a track record of building power and transforming unjust systems or building new, more equitable ones.

The multi-year commitment, flexible funding, and dollar amount demonstrate Headwaters’ trust in organizations, responsiveness to movement needs, and commitment to the long-term sustainability of the field.

We are now accepting applications through our grant portal. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, December 17. Application details.

The Transformation Fund grants are being made possible from the bold and generous support of individual donors and institutional partners. You can make your own gift now. Thank you.