Community Innovation Grants


  • Type: Foundations
  • Category: Not Stated
  • Source: Bush Foundation


  • Award Min: $10,000.00
  • Award Max: $200,000.00
  • Quantity: Not Stated


Community Innovation Grants may be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools). Coalitions or collaboratives are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant.
For organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status, the Foundation accepts Community Innovation Grant applications from fiscal sponsors. The fiscal sponsor organization must submit the grant application and, if the grant is approved, becomes the grantee and receives the funds. Our fiscal sponsorship overview (PDF) provides additional information.
Grants must be used for projects located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
Grants must be used for a charitable purpose.

Theres a lot of work that happens in between identifying a community problem and implementing a new breakthrough solution, especially if you want to engage your community, make the most of existing assets and work collaboratively with other organizations along the way. Our Community Innovation Grants support that process they fund the work that it takes to create a community innovation.

The Foundation provides Community Innovation Grants of $10,000 to $200,000. Community Innovation Grants of $500 to $10,000 are available from our intermediary partner organizations: Headwaters Foundation for Justice (MN), The Consensus Council (ND) and the South Dakota Community Foundation (SD).

Additional Info:
You define your community
We look to you to identify and define your community. This could be a geographic community, and it could be a community of common interest or racial/cultural identity.

You define the issue
We do not prioritize specific issues and instead are open to projects that address all sorts of community needs.

Projects can be at various stages of the innovation process including identifying the need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas, or testing and implementing solutions. Proposals can focus on one area or span multiple stages.
At least 50% of Community Innovation grants will be for projects that address racial and/or economic disparities. For the purposes of this grant program, the Bush Foundation defines this as proposals that seek to actively reduce structural and/or systemic gaps in access, outcomes, opportunities or treatment based on race/ethnicity or economic standing.