The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
The annual prize celebrates organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota with a track record of successful community problem-solving. Winners receive a recognition package, including a flexible grant of 25 percent of the organization’s last fiscal year budget up to $500,000, which must be used for a charitable purpose.
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 this grant program, the foundation defines that as organizations seeking to actively reduce structural and/or systemic gaps in access, outcomes, opportunities, or treatment based on race/ethnicity or economic standing.
Organizations that are 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools) are eligible to apply. Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) also are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant. Prize winners must be located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography. The specific community innovations highlighted in the Bush Prize application must also have occurred within that geography.
See the Bush Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous winners, and application instructions.