The Transformation Fund Application

The Transformation Fund grants will support Minnesota-based BIPOC-led groups that use a community organizing approach to advance justice, collective liberation, and self-determination.

Apply for The Transformation Fund grant

In May 2020, Headwaters created The Transformation Fund in response to the murder of George Floyd. We wanted to move money quickly to frontline organizations as they cared for their communities and kept fighting against an ongoing culture of institutional violence and white supremacy. We also wanted to support the long-term movement work required for lasting change and collective liberation.

Since June, we’ve provided over $1 million dollars in rapid response funding to frontline organizations and communities through the first phase of this initiative. 

We are now thrilled to launch the second phase of The Transformation Fund. Grants will provide $25,000 of general operating support per year for three years, for a total of $75,000. This grant will support BIPOC-led groups that use a community organizing approach to advance justice, collective liberation, and self-determination. Eligible organizations will demonstrate accountability to their community and have a track record of building power and transforming unjust systems or building new, more equitable ones.

The multi-year commitment, flexible funding, and dollar amount demonstrate Headwaters’ trust in organizations, responsiveness to movement needs, and commitment to the long-term sustainability of the field.

Grant Amount

Grants will provide $25,000 of general operating support per year for three years, for a total of $75,000.

Application Deadline

We begin accepting applications through our online grant portal on Tuesday, November 17. The deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, December 17. Headwaters does not accept late or incomplete applications.

Criteria, Guidelines, and Application Packets

The Transformation Fund grants are open to Minnesota-based individual organizations and coalition efforts.

Application Packet for Organizations and Required Template for Organizations 

Application Packet for Coalitions and Required Template for Coalitions

Info Session Details & RSVP

Info Sessions are an opportunity for applicants to learn more about The Transformation Fund and ask program staff your questions. We’re offering three virtual Info Sessions this fall, the last of which is listed below. Click on the date below and RSVP. 

You'll get a link to the Zoom meeting in your confirmation email.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of final decisions in April 2021. A committee of community members will make collective decisions about which applications will be selected for funding. Committee members will share Headwaters’ values, have a demonstrated commitment to community, have grantmaking experience, and/or be connected to local movement-building and organizing.

Contribute to The Transformation Fund

The Transformation Fund grants are being made possible from the bold and generous support of individual donors and institutional partners. You can make your own gift now. Thank you.

Questions? Want more info?

Please contact Program Director Melissa Rudnick with general questions: melissa@headwatersfoundation.org or 612-400-6266 

Please contact Program Manager Ray Martinez with questions about the grant portal: ray@headwatersfoundation.org or 612-400-6262

Access the Grant Portal