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22 Minnesota organizations will receive funding to support efforts to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity

(Saint Paul, MN – Dec. 3, 2013) – The Bush Foundation will award more than $4 million to 34 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Community Innovation Grant program. In Minnesota and the 11 Native nations that share the same geography, 22 organizations will receive a combined $2,263,744. The Foundation received 618 Community Innovation Grant applications requesting more than $76 million.

“Community innovation occurs when people come together to think bigger and think differently about what is possible for their communities,” said Molly Matheson Gruen, the Bush Foundation’s community innovation manager. “Our inaugural Community Innovation Grant recipients are tackling a range of issues impacting quality of life in their communities. And they are doing it in a way that ensures all voices are heard and that the solutions will endure.”

The full list of Community Innovation Grant recipients can be found at

The Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community-powered problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches. The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.

“Communities around the region face significant and complex challenges that require innovative solutions,” said Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy. “We want to support and encourage organizations that are using community problem-solving to drive innovation. Our hope is that the Community Innovations Grant program, together with the Bush Prize, will help create an environment that fosters community innovation.”

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation honors and supports innovative organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. Bush Prize recipients receive a flexible grant equal to 25 percent of their program’s current fiscal year budget, up to $500,000. The Foundation will award at least six Bush Prizes—two each in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (and the respective Native nations that share geography with each state). Winners of the Bush Prize will be announced later this month.

The Community Innovation Grant program will open a new application period in January 2014. Community Innovation Grants and the Bush Prize are open to all 501(c)3s and government agencies operating within the region served by the Bush Foundation. Recipients are selected by a panel of Foundation staff and community representatives.

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and today works in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Learn more at


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