Giving Project Grant Application

Giving Project Grants support organizations that are led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) that use a community organizing approach to address root causes of injustice. Headwaters has been offering Giving Project grants since 2015.

Apply Now for a 2021 Giving Project Grant

Giving Project Grants provide $15,000 of general operating support to organizations that prioritize community organizing as the core strategy to engage and build power in their communities in order to change systems and advance equity and justice.

Minnesota-based organizations that are led by and serve Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color may apply in early 2021. Eligible organizations need to tell us about their organized constituency base, specific goals, and strategies. We ask applicants to tell us how they build power in their communities to push for systems change.

We recognize and value that there are different approaches to community organizing; and that organizing looks different in every community and in this particular moment. Mutual aid projects that mobilize people to meet survival needs and build shared understanding about the root causes of those unmet needs are encouraged to apply. New or emerging organizations are also encouraged to apply. 

Participants of the 2021 Giving Project raise all grant funds. The cross-class, multiracial cohort meets from February until June to lead both the fundraising and grantmaking process.

Grant Amount

The 2021 GP grants provide $15,000 in general operating support.

Applying for More Than One HFJ Grant

If your organization just applied for The Transformation Grant, you can still apply for the 2021 Giving Project Grant.

If you have a current Headwaters grant (Communities First, The Transformation Fund, 2020 Giving Project, or Community Innovation), you can still apply for a 2021 Giving Project Grant. 

If your organization is a recent grantee and has an overdue report, you may be ineligible; please contact Program Manager Ray Martinez for details.


Application Deadline

We begin accepting applications through our online grant portal on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Headwaters does not accept late or incomplete applications.

Criteria, Guidelines, and Applications

2021 Giving Project Guidelines and Application Packet

Organizations will apply online through our Grant Portal

Info Sessions

Info Sessions are an opportunity for applicants to learn more about the Giving Project Grant and ask program staff your questions. Our info session dates have passed. You can watch a recording of our first session which was on January 26th.

Site Visits

Finalists will be invited to complete site visits with Giving Project cohort members and HFJ staff late-May through mid-June.


Applicants will be notified of final decisions in early July. 

  • Attend an Information Session and connect with us!
  • Take time to review the criteria and guidelines well in advance of the deadline. This gives you time to make sure your organization meets eligibility and funding criteria; and to get all of the required documents to complete the application.
  • Remember: program staff will not accept late or incomplete applications.
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