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What does your community need to move towards creating innovative solutions to the problems you face?
The Community Innovation Grants support innovation through community-powered problem-solving: inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets. We think of this as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.
Community Innovation Grants are for projects that both:
Use what we call community-powered problem-solving to get there, approaches that are:
Collaborative, with partners demonstrating willingness to change to be more effective together
Resourceful, making the most of existing community strengths and resources
We welcome projects starting at all points along the path of creating innovative solutions, from identifying a community need or opportunity all the way through testing a new idea. We imagine that community-powered problem-solving projects may include things like community engagement, capacity-building, or piloting new solutions.
Take a look at these project examples to get your creative juices flowing.
Grants range from $10,000 up to $200,000.
You may identify and define your community. This could be a geographic community (e.g. a neighborhood, town, state or Native nation) and it could be an affinity or racial/ethnic community.
We are not prioritizing any specific issues and instead are open to projects that address all sorts of needs and opportunities. In addition, projects can be at various stages of the problem-solving process including identifying the need or opportunity, generating ideas, building capacity or solution testing. 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. We anticipate most grants will use their funds within two years.
The first round of applications in 2013 are now closed. Our second round will open in mid-January 2014*. Starting in 2014, we expect to offer two opportunities to apply.
We are currently developing a small grant version of the Community Innovation Grants program for projects up to $10,000. More information about this program is coming soon!
Have you already achieved your community innovation and you’re looking for recognition and creative capital? Consider applying for the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.
*Note: We adjusted the timeline for when the next round of applications will open from December 2013 to mid-January 2014, in order to effectively incorporate everything we’ve learned during the first round of Community Innovation Grants. Revised program information coming soon!