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New Majority Fund (NMF)

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Social
Change and to Promote Justice and Equity

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Foundation / Corporation

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice

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Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM Central


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Grants of $20,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve people of color and indigenous populations. Eligible organizations will engage the community in collaborative projects that address the conditions or root causes of injustice. Funding is intended for general operating support.

To further POCI (People of Color and Indigenous People) self-determination and leadership, each NMF grant recipient will be offered two spots in the Movement Leadership Project. Staff, board, or volunteers will represent their organizations and participate in an ongoing professional development cohort.

Applicant organizations will need to tell the Foundation about:
- How they use community organizing to promote social change;
- The POCI community or communities they serve and represent;
- The structures and systems behind the challenges their community faces; and
- The power-building goals and strategies they plan to use to change those structures and systems.

All NMF grant recipients share the following characteristics:
- They are led by the people most directly affected by the issues the organization is working on.
- They continually build leadership from within its own membership, base, or community.
- They work to understand and address the root causes of the issues, not just the symptoms.
- They bring people together to build power they wouldn’t have individually. The Foundation 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 itself as part of a larger movement for social change and work towards strengthening that movement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185163

Number of Grants:

The number of grants will depend on the amount the cohort raises. Based on past experience, funding is estimated to be between 8-12 organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The two-year general operating grants total $20,000, meaning organizations receive $10,000 per year for two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- Headwaters Foundation encourages emerging and established organizations at all stages of work to apply for an NMF grant.
- Organization must be a legally incorporated entity with 501(c) (3) or 501(c)(4) status or have a fiscal agent.
- Organization must be based in and carry out its work in Minnesota.

Funding Criteria:
- Organization is led by and for POCI communities. Meaning, at least 51 per cent of the organization's board of directors, staff, and community identify as POCI.
- Organization addresses the root causes or conditions of injustice through community organizing.
- Organization has a clear analysis of the structures and systems behind the challenges its community faces.
- Organization has concrete goals and power building strategies to change current systems or generate new systems.
- Organization has an organized constituency POCI base who are directly affected by the issues the organization is working on.
- Organization's leadership is accountable to its community.
- Organization sees itself as part of a larger movement for racial and economic justice and works towards strengthening that movement in collaboration with others.
- Organization has an intersectional, cross-issue approach that makes connections between race, class, and gender.
- Organization has limited access to mainstream funding sources.

Ineligible Organizations and Activities:
- Requests from 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions:

New Majority Fund Information Session (Conference Call)
Thursday January 24, 2019, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

New Majority Fund Information Session (In Person)
Monday February 4, 2019, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

New Majority Fund Information Session (In Person)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

New Majority Fund Information Session (In Person)
Tuesday February 19, 2019, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, March 1, 2019 via the online grant portal.

Headwaters will notify applicants approximately four months after the application deadline.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For additional NMF program information, contact the program officers Monday through between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
Allison Johnson Heist, or 612-400-6264
Melissa Rudnick, or 612-400-6266

Contact Grants and Program Associate Noelle Martinez for technical assistance: or 612-400-6262.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota