The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced grants totaling nearly $5 million to thirty-four organizations pursuing solutions to community problems, including poverty, human trafficking, and economic development.
The grants were awarded through the foundation's Community Innovation Grant program, which is designed to inspire and support communities using problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. Grant recipients include GROW South Dakota's Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program, which was awarded $200,000 over twenty-six months to provide technical assistance for a community-wide housing renovation and building initiative in the eastern part of the state; the Southwestern District Health Unit in Dickinson, North Dakota, which will receive $200,000 over twenty-six months to implement a community paramedic program; and the Region Five Development Commission in Staples, Minnesota, which was awarded $50,000 over twenty months to design and implement processes that support local improvement and development projects in twenty-two rural communities.
"Community Innovation Grant recipients are tackling community problems in a way we believe most likely to result in real breakthrough solutions," said the foundation's community innovation manager, Molly Matheson Gruen. "They are engaging the community, collaborating with other organizations, and making the most of existing assets; in short, all of the things it takes to create a true community innovation."
For a complete list of this year's Community Innovation grantees, visit the Bush Foundation website.