MCF member the Bush Foundation just announced the launch of new grant programs that enable, inspire and reward community innovation. The programs support efforts to create and implement great ideas that make communities better and include awards of up to $500,000.
The Community Innovation Grants support innovation through community-powered problem-solving: inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets. The foundation thinks of this as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.
Nonprofits and government entities of all sizes are eligible to apply for Community Innovation Grants ranging from $10,000 up to $200,000. First-round applications are due July 11. For more information about Community Innovation Grants, including how to apply, visit BushFoundation.org/CIGrants.
The Bush Prize for Community Innovation publicly recognizes and rewards organizations that have successfully partnered with their community to create innovative solutions and provides creative capital for the organizations to use however they choose.
Nonprofits and government entities of all sizes with a track record of creating innovative solutions are encouraged to apply for the Bush Prize. Winners will receive a flexible grant of 25% of the current fiscal year program or organizational budget (up to $500,000), as well as promotion and recognition. Applications are due August 15. Learn more about the Bush Prize at BushFoundation.org/BushPrize.
The application process for both the Community Innovation Grants and the Bush Prize is open to all 501(c)3s and government agencies, with staff and community panels making final grant decisions.
Grants and prizes will be awarded in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. At least 50% of the grants and prizes will go to projects and programs that address racial and economic disparities.
In June, the Community Innovation team will hit the road to promote these new grant programs in communities across the Bush Foundation’s region. They’ll host public coffees and community meetings around Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
For more information about the Community Innovation programs, visit BushFoundation.org/CommunityInnovation.