Join the 2021 Giving Project Cohort

The Giving Project brings a multiracial, cross-class group of people together each year to participate in Headwaters community-centered grantmaking process. As a member of the cohort, you’ll deepen your analysis around race, class, money and movements. Collectively, you’ll raise and give out money to movement organizations that support significant, long-term solutions for justice and equity across the state.

The 2021 Giving Project cohort will be an online, virtual experience from January to June 2021. We’re looking for 20 people to be part of this year’s group who are ready to dig in digitally and raise resources in their networks for BIPOC-led organizations advancing justice in Minnesota.

Ready to apply? We’ll launch the details in October. Look for info session and application details in October’s e-news and on our website.

In the meantime, there are four basic steps in the Giving Project application process. Take a look here and let us know if you have questions.

What Do Alums Have to Say?

Christina from Cohort 2:
"The phrase that was said to me that stuck with me was the idea that you are asking someone to join the movement, you are asking them to be a part of the change. Would you not want to be asked? That really helped."

Step One

Information Session

We want to meet you! Attend an info session. We usually schedule three or four to meet different schedules. During info sessions, program staff and Giving Project alums talk about the model and always set time aside to answer your questions.

Can't make any of our sessions? Connect with Program Director Allison Johnson Heist.

Step Two

Complete Online Interest Form

Now that you have answers to your questions, fill out the online interest form. We accept and review submissions as they come in.

Step Three

One-On-One Conversations

As a potential program participant, you'll hear from us within two or three weeks. We'll schedule a one-to-one conversation between you and either a Giving Project alumni or a Program Team member. These conversations take place each fall. 

Step Four


Expect to hear from us in December about whether you've been selected to join Giving Project or you'll be placed on a waiting list for a future cohort.