Grantee Announcement

Announcing the 2021 Giving Project Grant Recipients and Giving Project Program Cohort Participants

August 2, 2021

The ongoing pandemic might have limited the 2021 Giving Project Program cohort from meeting in person, but it did not prevent them from setting fundraising and grantmaking records at Headwaters. The group of 16 volunteers made it possible for us to invest in 20 BIPOC-led organizations leading Minnesota to collective liberation. Each organization received a $15,000 general operating grant to support their work to build power and fight for justice.  The…

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Announcing the Transformation Fund Grant Recipients and Community Grantmakers

June 14, 2021

June 15, 2021 Through our Transformation Fund, and with leadership from a group of community volunteer grantmakers,  Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) is deeply investing in 22 organizations  or coalitions that are led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. The group of grantees are on the front lines of organizing for systems change across Minnesota. Each $75,000 grant gives $25,000 of general operating support per year for three years—an HFJ first.  “This is our mission in…

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The Transformation Fund: Rapid Response Grantmaking Continues

July 15, 2020

On Sunday, May 31st, Headwaters responded to the murder of George Floyd by setting up The Transformation Fund. We wanted to move money quickly to frontline organizations as they kept fighting against an ongoing culture of institutional violence and white supremacy. We also wanted to support the long-term movement work for real change required for…

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Here are the Summer 2020 Community Innovation Grant Recipients

July 7, 2020

Headwaters recently awarded Community Innovation grants, totaling $303,500, to 21 organizations. An ongoing partnership with Saint Paul-based Bush Foundation made the grants possible. The investments will help grantee partners and their communities find more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions to challenges and opportunities. Program Director Melissa Rudnick said, “Communities across Minnesota need time, space, and…

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Announcing the 2020 Giving Project Grant Recipients and Cohort Participants

June 29, 2020

June 30, 2020Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) gave 14 Minnesota-based grassroots organizations Giving Project grants. A 19-member Giving Project Program volunteer cohort made the general operating investments possible. The cohort started meeting at the Headwaters office starting in January 2020. Given concerns about the coronavirus, they moved to online meetings —a major program shift. They…

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About the 2nd Wave of Communities First Fund Grant Recipients

May 13, 2020

Good afternoon Community, I hope you’re finding new ways to stay connected while being physically distant. Lately, I’ve been enjoying long walks with my wife and dinnertime with our kids—things I’ve always enjoyed, but appreciate more deeply now as I do my best to cope. Headwaters is still grantmaking through our Communities First Fund. I’m…

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Announcing the 1st Wave of Communities First Fund Grant Recipients

April 21, 2020

April 17th, 2020 Good afternoon Community, It was clear to me from the start that the coronavirus pandemic would change daily life for all Minnesotans—both in the short- and long-term. I also knew that systemic racism would make these changes feel heavier in communities where Black People, Indigenous People, and people of color (BIPOC) lived,…

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