Mini-grants are awarded in support of community events and innovative projects which positively impact Humboldt’s economy, usually in the $1,000 to $1,500 range. There is normally $20,000 available annually.

Examples of Mini-Grants

Examples of past Mini-Grants include:

  • Airline recruitment
  • Broadband conference about expanding service
  • Jr. Achievement business curriculum in schools
  • Plan It Green Conference on green building
  • Rotating art exhibit at the airport
  • Technology training for businesses
  • Women Entrepreneurs Institute conference

Matching Funds

Projects are required to have matching funds (50/50) equal to the amount being requested of Headwaters. Please reach out to staff if you have questions concerning eligible matching funds.

Who Is Eligible

Non-profit organizations and government entities located in Humboldt County are eligible to apply. Private businesses with a project idea are encouraged to contact the Headwaters Executive Director for connections to potential public partners.

Application Process

Mini-grant requests are accepted on an ongoing basis. Email Humboldt Couch Headwaters Fund a letter on your organizational letterhead describing your project and its expected economic impact along with a project budget. If you prefer, you can mail a hard copy to 

Headwaters Fund
825 5th Street, Suite 112
Eureka, CA 95501


For specific application instructions, view the Mini-Grant Program guidelines (PDF). Review the Headwaters Fund Mini-Grant Fact Sheet (PDF) for more information.

Approval Process

Request letters are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Typically funding decisions are made within a week of receiving the request, but if the request is for more than $2,500 the request must go to the full Headwaters Fund Board for review. Headwates meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month.


Email the Headwaters Executive Director or call at 707-445-7745 for more information.