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Grants to Minnesota BIPOC-Led Nonprofits for Equity Projects that Lead to Positive Community Change

Giving Project Grant


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Funding Source
Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/13/22 5:00 PM Central Save

Grant Description
Grants of $15,000 per year to Minnesota BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations that use community-based approaches to create positive change and address the root causes of inequity. Funding is intended to support the operations of groups that have an organized constituency base, a clear analysis of structures and systems that challenge their community, and concrete goals and strategies to build power and change systems.

Giving Project grants provide general operating support to organizations across Minnesota that are led by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who use a community organizing approach to advance equity and justice. Mutual aid projects that mobilize people to meet survival needs and build shared understanding about the root causes of those unmet needs are encouraged to apply.

While the work will differ, all Giving Project grantees will share the following characteristics:

  • They use community organizing as a core strategy to engage and build power in their communities in order to change systems and advance equity and justice.
  • They are led by and for BIPOC communities most directly affected by the issues the organization is working on. At least 51% of their board of directors, staff and community identify as BIPOC.
  • Their leadership is reflective of and accountable to their community.
  • They continually build leadership from within their membership, base, or community. The base has a role in the organization’s decision-making.
  • They bring people together to build power they wouldn’t have individually. Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) defines power as “the capacity of a group of people to decide what they want and to act in an organized way to get it.” (Class Action, Building Bridges Across the Class Divide).
  • They use that power to create institutional, cultural, and/or structural change.
  • They see their organization as part of a larger movement for social change, and work towards strengthening that movement.
  • They use an intersectional, cross-issue approach that makes connections between race, class, and gender.
  • They have limited access to mainstream funding sources.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Giving Project grants support organizations that are led by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who use a community organizing approach to advance equity and justice.

HFJ encourages emerging and established organizations at all stages of work to apply for a Giving Project Grant. To be eligible an organization must:
• Be legally incorporated entity with 501(c)(3), or, 501(c)(4) status, or have a fiscal sponsor.
• Be based in and carry out their work in Minnesota.
• Satisfy reporting requirements for all previous HFJ grants.

New or emerging organizations are also encouraged to apply.

The following entities and activities are ineligible for this grant:
• Organizations that primarily provide direct services.
• Projects sponsored by a government agency.
• Endowment funds or capital campaigns.
• Individuals; these grants are for organizations.
• Partisan efforts.
• Late or incomplete applications.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Info Sessions are an opportunity for applicant organizations to ask program staff questions and meet current or former grantees. The Foundation will be hosting 3 info sessions for interested organizations to learn more about the grant and application process.

Click below to register for a virtual, 1-hour information session:

Thursday, December 16 at 12 p.m.
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Monday, December 20 at 6 p.m.
To Register:

Friday, January 7 at 11:30 a.m.
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Pre-Application Information
The application must be submitted by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, January 13, 2022 via the Grant Portal.

Awards will be granted and organizations will be notified in June 2022.

Estimated Size of Grant
The grant provides two years of general operating support in the amount of $30,000 ($15,000 a year for two years).

Term of Contract
Two years

Contact Information
Apply Online:

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

Questions about the grant portal can be directed to Grants Associate Ari Baum Hommes at or 612-400-6261.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice
2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 132B
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

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