Awarded annually by the Bush Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Bush Prize for Community Innovation honors and supports innovative community-based organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. Each year, the foundation awards at least one Bush Prize in each of the three states its serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota (including the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography). Specific community innovations highlighted in the Bush Prize application must have occurred within that geography.
The foundation is committed to addressing racial and economic disparities. At least 50 percent of Bush Prize winners will be organizations working to address such disparities. (For the purposes of the program, the foundation defines this as organizations that are seeking to actively reduce structural and/or systemic gaps in access, outcomes, opportunities, or treatment based on race/ethnicity or economic standing.)
Bush Prize winners will receive a recognition package, including a flexible grant of 25 percent of the organization’s last fiscal year budget, up to $500,000.
Any 501(c)(3) public charity or government entity (including schools) in the geography served by the foundation is eligible to apply. Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) also are eligible, but only one organization will receive the grant.
In addition, the foundation accepts applications from fiscal sponsors, so long as the sponsoring organization agrees to be the "grantee" and administer the funds.
Applications for the 2017 Bush Prize will be accepted through April 27, 2017, noon, Central Time.
For detailed selection criteria, application instructions, and an online eligibility quiz, see the Bush Foundation website.
Org: Bush Foundation
Subject: Community Improvement/Development
Geo focus: Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota