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Headwaters Foundation for Justice Accepting Applications for Social Change Fund

Working on collaborative action or social change in Minnesota? Read on… The Minneapolis-based Headwaters Foundation for Justice (www.headwatersfoundation.org) supports grassroots groups working to address the root causes of injustice. The Social Change Fund, Headwaters’ broadest fund, awards grants to organizations and groups that operate with a long-term vision for social justice, are committed to the leadership of community members affected by injustice, and use grassroots organizing to build power and effect social change. The fund will support a wide range of activities and is committed to the broad and inclusive advancement of disenfranchised consistencies (low-income, people of color, women, LGBT, people with disabilities, etc.).

The fund has identified, but is not limited to, the following areas of interest for 2005-07: Racial Justice, Economic Justice, and Social Justice. Funding criteria include organizing in Minnesota; the ability to change systems of injustice and increase the power of excluded, affected, impacted communities; constituent leadership and accountability to the community; limited access to other sources of support (typically, budgets less than $300,000); the ability to work effectively with other groups; and a commitment to self-assessment and learning.

The fund will award two types of grants: Empowerment Grants of up to $5,000 each for groups or projects in the formative stage of development; and Strategic Grants of up to $10,000 for more developed organizations. Visit the Headwaters Foundation Web site for complete program information and application materials. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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