Community-Led Grantmaking

Headwaters invests in organizations across Minnesota that use community organizing as a core strategy to make transformative change. We do this because we believe that the people who are most affected by society's injustices hold the power to heal society. 

We know that the journey toward justice, systems change, and liberation takes time and needs resources.  As you search our website to get familiar with our grant programs, please contact us: We want to hear about you, your community, and the people who lead your work.

Headwaters does philanthropy differently. We rely on people from the community to participate in all of our grantmaking programs. Staff invite and train people how to do everything from fundraising, reviewing grant proposals, leading site visits, and making final grant decisions.