The Bush Prize for Community Innovation in a nutshell (which is precisely two minutes 41 seconds).
The Bush Prize for Community Innovation celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving. Bush Prize winners are extraordinary not only in what they do, but how they do it. They work inclusively, in partnership with others, to make our region better for everyone.
Winners receive a flexible grant of up to $500,000, media relations support and a professional film sharing the story of their innovative work.
We will accept applications for the 2018 Bush Prize March 6 through April 12.
Visit our website for eligibility, criteria and contact info for Community Innovation staff.
What does it take to be a Bush Prize winner?
The organizations selected are unique in how they work. We call this their "culture of innovation."
Dig into the Bush Prize Case Studies, created with our partners at Pollen, to see how Bush Prize winners work.
Get inspired by Bush Prize winners!
Get to know our Bush Prize winners better by spending some time on our Bush Prize winners' YouTube playlist.
We work with Passenger Productions to capture the story of each Bush Prize winner and share it through film.
Community Innovation Grants
Community Innovation grants fund problem-solving projects that make the region better for everyone.
There are no application deadlines for these grants. Organizations are encouraged to apply when the time is right for them.
Learn more and set up time to chat with staff.
Community Creativity Cohort 2
We're launching a new program to support organizations making art and culture central to problem solving. We're looking to fund organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people and/or organizations led by and serving people from rural communities or non-metropolitan towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.
Accepting applications March 27.
A Note From Jen
Leadership in Context
One of the most fun parts of my job is meeting Bush Fellowship finalists when they come to our office to interview. Always an impressive and inspiring group, this year I was struck to see that more than a third of the finalists were immigrants or refugees to the U.S.
Whether someone is an immigrant or refugee is not a factor we consider when selecting Bush Fellows. There are no bonus points. There is no quota. We do, however, intentionally favor determination. And adaptability. And drive to make the world better.
We are looking for extraordinary people. And we assess whether an applicant is extraordinary based on whether they have made the most of the opportunities they have been given. We evaluate people in context. Continue reading.
Coming up next!
March is the most exciting month of all! Why? Because on March 20 we will announce the 2018 Bush Fellows! Stay tuned.