Bush Foundation Grants (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    The Bush Foundation


    The Bush Foundation's purpose is to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make the region better for everyone. Everything the foundation does is to advance this purpose. It is what ties the work together. The Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share this geography.

    The Foundation works through open grantmaking programs to support efforts to: develop, test and spread great ideas that will make the region better for everyone; and inspire, equip and connect people to more effectively lead change.

    These programs include:

    • The Bush Fellowship funds individual development plans for leaders who want to be more effective in leading change.
    • The Bush Prize provides flexible funding and recognition to organizations with a track record of making good things happen.
    • Community Innovation grants and program-related investments (PRIs) directly support creative problem-solving efforts that have the potential for transformative impact in the region.
    • Ecosystem grants provide operating support for organizations that others rely on for help in community problem solving.

    History of Funding

    Previous grantees can be searched in the Foundation's database at: http://www.bushfoundation.org/grantees

    Additional Information

    Before applying for a grant, please schedule a call with the Foundation so the Foundation team can hear your ideas and answer your questions.


    The Bush Foundation Staff

    The Bush Foundation Staff
    101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
    Saint Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 379-2218

  • Eligibility Details

    To be eligible for consideration an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization; located in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota. Grants must be used for projects located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines vary by program area, with many applications open year-round. Refer to the Foundation website for more information.

    Award Details

    In order to support big transformation in the region, there is no set limit on grant amounts. In 2021, grant awards ranged from $198,000 to $4,000,000. Please indicate in your application the amount you need to support your idea. The foundation is happy to discuss this with you during your pre-application call with a team member as well. 

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