Fund of the Sacred Circle



Headwaters Foundation’s mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice. The Fund of the Sacred Circle supports American Indian organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin that address systemic injustices affecting their communities.

We place grantmaking decisions for the Fund of the Sacred Circle in the hands of experienced Native community leaders. Our grantmaking volunteers review proposals, conduct site visits, and make funding decisions using the fund’s criteria.

The Fund of the Sacred Circle will make general operating grants between $5,000 and $10,000.

Areas of Interest

Headwaters Foundation has identified the following areas of interest for the Fund of the Sacred Circle; however, we are not limited only to these topics.

Language and cultural revitalization: Language and culture is vital to the identity and future of American Indian people. The fund supports groups engaged in preserving, protecting, promoting and honoring indigenous cultures and languages.

Land and environmental restoration: Environmental destruction and loss of tribal lands negatively impacts the cultural, spiritual and economic well-being of our communities. The fund supports organizing work to reclaim traditional land base and restore traditional stewardship of natural resources.

Sovereignty and treaty rights: The fund supports organizing efforts that uphold and advance tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.

Self-determination and civil rights: Native communities have long experienced genocidal and assimilation policies and practices. The fund supports efforts to ensure that the civil, legal, political and religious rights of American Indians are secure, and that native heritage and self-determination are respected and defended.


For questions about our web portal, contact Operations Director Julie Remmelts at 612.400.6260.

For additional information, please contact Associate Executive Director Maria De La Cruz at 612.400.6263.