The Bush Foundation in St. Paul has announced grants totaling $4 million through its Community Innovation Grant Program to thirty-four organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography.
The inaugural grants awarded through the program will support organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community-powered problem-solving — inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets — and be more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches. Later this month, the foundation plans to award at least six Bush Prizes for Community Innovation to honor and support innovative organizations with a track record of "making great ideas happen." Bush Prize recipients — two each in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota — will receive a flexible grant equal to 25 percent of their program's current fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.
"Communities around the region face significant and complex challenges that require innovative solutions," said Bush Foundation president Jennifer Ford Reedy. "We want to support and encourage organizations that are using community problem-solving to drive innovation. Our hope is that the Community Innovations Grant program, together with the Bush Prize, will help create an environment that fosters community innovation."
For a complete list of Community Innovation grant recipients, visit the Bush Foundation Web site.