Headwaters Foundation: Northwest Funders

OVERVIEW: The Headwaters Foundation supports distressed communities, children in foster care, early nutrition, and community collaborations in western Montana.

FUNDING AREAS: Distressed communities, children in foster care, early nutrition, community collaborations

IP TAKE: This funder has an innovative and refreshing approach to grantmaking in Montana.

PROFILE: The Headwaters Foundation is a private foundation based in Missoula, Montana. It aims to create a “western Montana where all people, especially the most vulnerable among us, are healthy and thriving” Grantmaking supports food security, early parenting, affordable childcare, housing security, and personal security.

This foundation awards grants and also provides non-financial support in the forms of leadership training, capacity building, and public policy conversations. It launched a Zero to Five Initiative that focuses on building resiliency for young children. It also prioritizes rural communities and supports general operating support grants to nonprofits that operate in rural regions of the state. Furthermore, Headwaters is interested in research, policy development, and grassroots advocacy for building resiliency among children and families. Past support has gone to Blue Mountain Clinic, Sparrow’s Nest of Western Montana, Emma’s House, and Alberton School District #2.

Many foundation grants are $5,000 each. View a list of recent GO! Grant recipients on the funder’s website. In addition to grants, the funder offers sponsorships up to $2,500 for nonprofit events and conferences in western Montana. Overall, the foundation is focused geographically on the city Missoula and other communities in western Montana.

The foundation offers strategic initiative funding opportunities only to pre-selected grantees and does not accept unsolicited applications. However, grantseekers can apply for GO! Grants online at any time. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 406-926-6526 or to individual staff members via email.


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