Announcing the Democracy in Action Fund Grant Recipients

June 26, 2018

Headwaters Foundation for Justice awarded $130,000 to 13 organizations through the Democracy in Action Fund. The $10,000 general operating grants were made possible by a cohort of 23 cross-class, multiracial community members who participated in the Giving Project. The cohort raised funds from their networks, then directed funds to groups known for using community organizing to build more inclusive democratic systems and institutions.

We established the Democracy in Action Fund because community-led organizations need more access to resources and power to make sure all people have a say in the decisions that impact their lives,” said executive director David Nicholson. Whether advancing equitable public policies, holding elected officials accountable, or engaging community members in civic life, grantee organizations address the root causes of injustice through many lenses.

The 13 Democracy in Action Fund grant recipients (and the cities they’re headquartered in) are:

Black Visions Collective (Minneapolis)
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha  (Minneapolis)
Defend Glendale Campaign (Minneapolis)
InquilinXs UnidXs Por Justicia (Minneapolis)
La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Minneapolis)
Leaders of Color Collective* (Moorhead)
Native Governance Center* (Saint Paul)
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (Minneapolis)
St. Paul Youth Services* (Saint Paul)
Toxic Taters Coalition (Callaway)
Unidos MN (Minneapolis)
Voices for Racial Justice (Minneapolis)
Women Organizing Women Network* (Minneapolis)
* New Headwaters grantee organization  

The Giving Project positions a cohort of community members as supporters of and donors to social justice work. Cohorts spend six months developing fundraising, grantmaking, and community building skills. Each participant activates those skills to raise money from their personal networks. Participants also make their own meaningful financial gifts, read grant applications, lead finalist site visits, and recommend a slate of grantees using their collectively-raised funds. Since it launched in 2015, the Giving Project has raised over $420,000 to support community organizing across Minnesota.

Giving Project participant applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis. Priority will be given to people who apply by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified in mid-December, and the first cohort meeting is set for early January 2019. Organizations can review eligibility and apply for the next round of Giving Project grant support beginning in January 2019. Visit to find applications and details for both opportunities.