The St. Paul-based Bush Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $5 million to organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography working to address a range of community challenges.
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 were awarded through the foundation's Community Innovation Grant program, which supports organizations working to develop, in collaboration with others, more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions to complex community challenges. Grant recipients include Appetite for Change and project partner NEON, which were awarded $200,000 to improve access to fresh food and economic development opportunities in northern Minnesota; Face It Together, which will receive $200,000 to institutionalize a statewide system that addresses addiction in North Dakota; Grassroots Indigenous Media, which was awarded $200,000 in support of its efforts to revitalize indigenous languages in the region, with a focus on supporting the families of Ojibwe speakers; and PACT for Families Collaborative, which will receive $166,444 to initiate a program that provides assistance to high-needs families with young children across western and central Minnesota.
"These grants support collaborative efforts to develop and test breakthrough solutions to a wide range of complex community challenges," said Bush Foundation Community Innovation Director Molly Matheson Gruen. "The organizations we invest in are doing the hard work of creating community innovation and we hope their success will inspire others across the region to do the same."
For a complete list of this year's Community Innovation grantees, see the Bush Foundation website.