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 Giving Project Grant

Giving Project grants are offered once each year. They provide general operating support to organizations 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.

We typically accept applications early each year, with awards being announced in June or July.

Meanwhile, participants of the Giving Project raise all grant funds. The cross-class, multiracial cohort spend several months months leading both the fundraising and grantmaking process. 

We will begin accepting Giving Project Grant applications for the 2022 cohort in fall 2021. 

Questions about the Giving Project Program can be directed to Program Manager Ray Martinez: or 612-400-6262.

Grant Amount

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

Application dates

The 2022 cycle will open in January 2022. Specific application and deadline details will be updated as they are finalized.

Criteria, Guidelines, and Application

Refer to this 2021 packet for informational purposes.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions are an opportunity for applicant organizations to ask program staff questions and meet current or former grantee partners. We typically offer three sessions, all of which have the same content but are scheduled at different times.



Organizations find out whether their application was selected for funding each summer. Public announcements are usually in June or July.

  • 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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