Apply for a Headwaters Grant
Headwaters is proud to invest in community organizing and community-led problem solving across Minnesota.
We are not currently accepting applications for any of our grantmaking funds.
This is what to expect when you apply for a Headwaters grant:
This will help you determine:
- If your organization meets basic eligibility requirements.
- If your work fits the grant’s core criteria and focus.
They're great opportunities for you to learn more and ask questions directly from program staff. Then, after the session:
- Review the application packet again to make sure you understand the questions and required documents. For example, some of our programs require you to submit a budget.
- If you're working with a fiscal sponsor, then you'll need to get information from them so don't wait until the last minute to reach out to them!
- Create an account in our grant portal.
Once You Submit an Application
You'll get an automatic email confirming that your application was received. You might hear from program staff if there are questions about your application.
About our Decision-Making Timeline
There is wisdom in a collective process. That's why we recruit, train, and entrust people from the community to serve on committees that make decisions about which organizations to invest in.
Committee members receive and begin reviewing applications after staff complete an initial basic eligibility review. The specifics of each decision-making timeline vary by grant opportunity. In general, you can expect to know whether you’ve been selected for funding about four months from when you applied.
We'll email you with status update of your application. If your organization is not selected for funding, program staff will offer to share feedback about why. If your organization is selected for funding, program staff will be in touch about a grant agreement, payment, and our public announcement plans.
Grant Terms at HFJ
Program staff work to support and amplify your work throughout the life of your grant. We want to be a resource for you – and to serve as an advocate and connector as we’re able.
At the end of your grant term, we’ll ask for a final report to help us learn with and from you.
Do You Have Questions? We're Here to Help!
Our Program Team staff make it a point to help grantseekers by answering your questions during an active application cycle. Please review the specific grant program webpage and application packet first.