New Majority Fund



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 awards two-year general operating grants, totaling $20,000. In addition, grantee partners will nominate two or three leaders, staff members, or board members to participate in the Movement Leadership Project. 

Funds for the grants are 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. 

Headwaters will offer New Majority Fund grants in 2021. In 2020 we will offer Giving Project grants.  


Check back in January 2019 for updated information.


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.