The Bush Foundation is accepting applications from organizations based in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for innovative community problem-solving projects.
The foundation's Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement innovative solutions to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving — inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets — and be more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches. The program is part of the Bush Foundation's effort to enable, inspire, and reward community innovation.
Projects can be at any stage of the problem-solving process, including identifying need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas, or testing and implementing solutions. Proposals can focus on one stage or span multiple stages.
Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $200,000.
There are no longer any application deadlines for the Community Innovation grants. Organizations are welcome to apply anytime using the foundation's online application system.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization or government entity (including schools) and be located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography.
The foundation will host an informational webinar on October 13, 2016, at 12:00 (CST).
See the Bush Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as information about similar grant programs from other regionally focused foundations.