The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced grants totaling $2.4 million to twelve organizations working to create the conditions needed for others to reduce educational disparities and improve outcomes for all students.
Awarded through the foundation's new Education Ecosystem Grant program, the grants will support the efforts of schools, nonprofit service providers, and government agencies to provide access to critical data, create a favorable policy environment, and shape or share best practices. The inaugural grant recipients, each of whom will receive $200,000 in general operating support over two years, include the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (Sturgis, South Dakota), Charter School Partners (Minneapolis), the Education Transformation Initiative (Minneapolis), Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota (Minneapolis), Generation Next (Minneapolis), MinnCAN (Minneapolis), Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc. (Saint Paul), MinnPost.com (Minneapolis), Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis), Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (Saint Paul), Students for Education Reform (New York City), and Think Small (Saint Paul).
"Efforts toward change in education happen within an interrelated organizational ecosystem," said Bush Foundation education director Kayla Yang-Best. "Through this program, we want to create the most favorable environment possible for education initiatives—including those of the Bush Foundation — to succeed in improving education outcomes."