Giving Project Grant Program

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

The 2021 Giving Project Grant

Giving Project grants provide general operating support to organizations led by and for BIPOC that lead grassroots organizing work across Minnesota.

Eligible organizations needed 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.

Participants of the Giving Project will raise all grant funds. The cross-class, multiracial cohort starts meeting in February. Over five months, the cohort will lead both the fundraising and grantmaking process. 

We will begin accepting Giving Project Grant applications on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. We are currently finalizing the the application details, which you will find on our current opportunities page.

Questions about the Giving Project Program can be directed to Program Director Allison Johnson Heist,, 612-400-6264.

Grant Amount

Applicant organizations can apply for $15,000 general operating support.

Application dates

The next cycle will open on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The deadline will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Criteria, Guidelines, and Application Questions
Info Sessions

Info Sessions are an opportunity for applicant organizations to ask program staff questions and meet current or former grantees. You can attend one of three Zoom sessions in 2021. RSVP beginning January 8:


Organizations will find out whether their application was selected for funding in July 2021.

  • 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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