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.

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:
520 E Street
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.


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