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Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grants

MARCH 13, 2014 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

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The application is now open for a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. Applications need to be submitted by March 13. These grants are designed for organizations to lead the process of creating a community innovation.


Program Basics

  • You can apply for a Community Innovation Grant of from $10,000 to $200,000 from the Bush Foundation. Community Innovation Grants for less than $10,000 will be available from the Bush Foundations intermediary partner organizations, starting in March 2014. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

  • You must identify and define your community. This could be a geographic community (e.g., a neighborhood, town, state or Native nation) and it could be a community of common interest or racial/cultural identity.

  • No specific issues are being prioritized and instead the grant is open to projects that address all sorts of community needs. In addition, projects can be at various stages of the problem-solving 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.  

  • Bush Foundation staff will work with grantees to agree upon the appropriate grant period for their project. They anticipate most grants will use their funds within two years.

  • There will be two Community Innovation Grant open application periods in 2014: January 14th to March 13th and late-August to late-October.

  • Click here to learn more about the types of work the Foundation wants to invest in through this program.

Do you have a track record of creating community innovations and you’re looking for recognition and creative capital? Consider applying for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.