Announcing the Latest New Majority Fund Grant Recipients

Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) awarded $251,000 to 12 organizations through our New Majority Fund. The two-year, general operating grants were made possible by a 21-member Giving Project cohort.

Members of the Cohort are:

Gina Allen
Jonathan C. W. Jones
Maya Beck
Elodie Lee
Catherine Clark
Nneka Onwuzurike
Owen Duckworth
Raeesa Rizwy
Abby Fenton
Emily Scotto
Elly Fireside-Ostergaard
Samantha Sencer-Mura
Brittenany Gillespie
Sheff Sheffield
Ned Heckman
Molly Sir
Melanie Heckt
Mary Thomas
Gretchen Honnold
AsaleSol Young
Raeanna Jacobsen

The New Majority Fund invests in organizations led by and for communities of color and Indigenous communities that use organizing to address root causes of injustice. “The people who are at the center of our work are reflected in this year’s grantees,” said Executive Director David Nicholson, “Headwaters sees how each organization builds power to create revolutionary change and we’re honored to support them.”

The 12 New Majority Fund grant recipients are:

Awood Center
Black Visions Collective
Defend Glendale and Public Housing Coalition
Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together
InquilinXs UnidXs Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice)
Manidoo Ogitigaan
Pueblos de Lucha y Esperanza
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
Unidos MN
West Side Community Organization
Women Organizing Women Network

Applicants were asked to show their organized constituency base; demonstrate a clear analysis of structural causes behind the challenges their community faces; and propose concrete goals and strategies to change systems. The Giving Project cohort spent six months training and fundraising with HFJ program staff. They also reviewed applications against program criteria and made funding recommendations to the Headwaters Board of Directors.

HFJ will open applications for the next cohort of the Giving Project in September 2019 for people who are interested in our community-centered grantmaking projects. Meanwhile, HFJ accepts Giving Project grant applications from organizations online once per year. The next round will open in spring 2020.