New Majority Fund



The New Majority Fund

Headwaters’ mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice. The New Majority Fund supports organizations that are led by and for communities of color and use a community organizing approach to address root causes of injustice. Eligible organizations will have an organized constituency base; a clear analysis of structural causes behind the challenges their community faces; and concrete goals and strategies to build power and change systems.

The New Majority Fund will award two-year general operating grants, totaling $20,000. In addition, grantee partners will nominate 2-3 leaders, staff members, or board members to participate in the Movement Leadership Project in summer 2020.

Funds for the grants will be raised by members of the Giving Project, a cross-class, multiracial group which will work together over the course of six months to raise dollars from their friends, family and communities. 

The application and guidelines manual is available here.

Apply through our grant portal by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, March 1st, 2019.


Movement Leadership Program

At Headwaters, we believe that change is created by individuals who have the courage to stand up, the wisdom to join together, and the support to create durable, sustainable solutions. We created the Movement Leadership Project to deepen our commitment to grantees by investing in deep relationship building among social change leaders and fostering cross-movement collaboration. Headwaters is committed to investing time, space, partnerships and network of relationships to support participants of the Movement Leadership Project.

The program will include a combination of retreats and monthly meetings beginning in July 2020 through June 2021.

Possible topics include:

  • Building transformative leadership practices
  • Creating networks across movements
  • Cultivating individual donors through grassroots fundraising
  • Navigating philanthropy and foundations
  • Communicating our stories in a broad, powerful way

To be eligible for the Movement Leadership Project, organizations must be grantees of the New Majority Fund grant.

Contact Information:

For additional information about the New Majority Fund, contact Allison Johnson Heist, or 612-400-6264. For grant portal technical assistance, contact Noelle Martinez, or 612400-6262.

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Follow this link to find a copy of our New MajorityFund application and guidelines manual.


Check back in January 2019 for updated information.


Headwaters will notify applicants approximately four months after the application deadline. 

Headwaters encourages emerging organizations of all sizes and at all stages of work to apply for funding. However, if you are selected for funding, your organization must be a legally incorporated entity before we will release your grant funds. Organizations with a fiscal agent are also eligible to apply.

Incorporating as an organization is an option for groups with annual revenues under $25,000 with no employees. Please note, donations are not tax-deductible and many other foundations require IRS tax status for funding. For more information about incorporation in Minnesota visit the Secretary of State or Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Headwaters Foundation supports organizations that have a 501(c)(3) status and 501(c)(4) status; our support cannot be used for partisan efforts.

The Giving Project cohort will use the criteria for the New Majority Fund grant to make decisions. A new cohort makes the grantmaking decisions each cycle, following our longstanding practices of democratic and community-led decision making.

If you would like to be involved with the next Giving Project as a cohort member responsible for fundraising and grantee selection, please contact Allison Johnson Heist


Yes, you can apply. If you’ve received a grant in the last year, you must satisfy all reporting requirements to be eligible for future funding opportunities at Headwaters Foundation.

Yes. Current Community Innovation Grant or Fund of the Sacred Circle grantees are eligible to apply for a grant from the New Majority Fund.

We will award $10,000 general operating grants for two years, for a total of $20,000 per grant. The number of grants will depend on the amount the cohort raises. Based on past experience, we estimate we’ll be able to fund between 8-12 organizations through the New Majority Fund.