Apply Today for a Bush Prize for Community Innovation

bush-altlogo-color.pngThe Bush Foundation realizes that local nonprofits hold tremendous potential as vehicles of positive change in their community. In recognition of that fact, the Foundation created the Bush Prize for Community Innovation to spur on such efforts.

Specifically, the Bush Prize for Community Innovation is intended to empower organizations with a proven "track record of making great ideas happen," with creative capital to take those efforts one step further. Grant amounts are variable – up to 25 percent of the applicant’s budget over the last fiscal year.

Libraries and 501(c)3 status Friends of the Libraries groups are eligible and encouraged to apply for the 2014 award cycle, which ends next month. Your odds are good! A minimum of two awards will be given to applicants in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Native nations within these same states.

Primary judging criteria are: a pattern of innovative solutions (e.g., breakthroughs in addressing community needs); a history of using collaborative and resourceful processes; organizational leadership that fosters a culture of innovation; and good governance and financial stability.

For details, see the award's detailed Frequently Asked Questions page. Specific questions not answered by the FAQ can be sent to You can jump straight to application materials here