Community Innovation Grant



We're now accepting applications through our new, easier-to-use online application system. All applicants need to register in the new system, even if you've applied to Headwaters in the past. Click here to register. 

Headwaters Foundation offers Community Innovation Grants thanks to a partnership with the Bush Foundation. Grants support communities to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. This grant allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions. 

Applicants can request grant amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000 for their Community Innovation project. The Bush Foundation offers Community Innovation Grants from $10,000 to $200,000. For details about their opportunity please visit their website.

You identify and define your community. For example, this could be a geographic community (e.g. neighborhood, town, state, or Native nation) and/or it could be a community of common interest and/or racial/cultural identity.

We stronly encourage you to review program guidelines, criteria, application questions, and to gather required attachments before applying. To view a PDF of the application questions for the next round, please click here. Applications for the next round of Community Innovation Grants will open on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 9 a.m. and close on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 5 p.m. We cannot accept late applications.

For program-related information, please contact Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives Melissa Rudnick

For questions about accessing and navigating the online portal, contact Operations Director Julie Remmelts