Established by Archibald and Edyth Bush in 1953, the Bush Foundation supports organizations and people who think bigger and differently about solutions to problems in their communities.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Event Sponsorship Grants. The program awards sponsorship grants for events that inspire, equip, and connect people to think differently about what's possible in their communities and to lead more effectively, with a focus on the region served by the Bush Foundation, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography.
In this time of pandemic, events are particularly affected as in-person gatherings pose a real public safety risk. The foundation, therefore, anticipates that it will only fund virtual events for the remainder of 2020. Given this assumption, plus the number of event cancellations, the typically lower cost of virtual events, and the urgent basic needs in the region served, the foundation is reducing the funding for additional 2020 event sponsorships by 50 percent and will repurpose that funding toward COVID-19 response. Event organizers are encouraged to follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and state or tribal government’s health officials.
The award typically provides up to $50,000 to select events, with an average sponsorship of $20,000. Events should fall into one of the following categories: those that bring together a wide variety of people across sectors, geographies, and cultural communities to experience engaging programming and discussions that inspire, equip, or connect them to more effectively lead change; and those that strengthen foundation and nonprofit networks in the region. The foundation is seeking to fund events focused on building the capacity and momentum of leaders, organizations, and communities in the areas of creative community, education, Native nation building, and social business ventures.
Eligible applicants include LLCs, 501(c)(3) public charities, and government entities (including schools). Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) are also eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant or contract.
See the Bush Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.