Event Sponsorship

Accepting applications until 6/1 at noon Central

The Bush Foundation dedicates a limited amount of funds every year to sponsor select events that inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in their communities. We believe our region will become more resilient and innovative as a result of leaders who are better equipped and better connected to effectively lead change.

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WHAT WE FUND

We will award up to $50,000 to support events that:

  • Inspire, equip and connect people to effectively lead change in their communities
  • Connect people across sectors, geographies and cultural communities
  • Reach an audience that could benefit from the Foundation's grant and fellowship programs

The Foundation does not sponsor fundraisers or issue-specific events, with the exception of those that advance the work of Foundation initiatives.

ELIGIBILITY
  • Organizations that are LLCs, 501(c)(3) public charities, and government entities (including schools) are eligible for event sponsorships. Groups of organizations (such as coalitions or collaboratives) are also eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant or contract.
  • As we work in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, strong preference will be given to events that take place in our region or that are closely connected to an organization in our region.
  • Event sponsorship funds must be spent in full three months following the date of the event.
  • Event sponsorship funds may not be used retroactively.
  • Events must take place after the date noted below for each round.
HOW TO APPLY
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Accepting applications until June 1, 2017 at noon Central.

We use an online application system. We understand this may present a barrier to some applicants, and we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate particular needs on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us as soon as possible — but no later than one week  before the application deadline — to discuss your specific circumstances. We cannot make accommodations after the application deadline. 

We encourage you to apply well in advance of your event to meet the timelines below. If you produce a series of events throughout the year, consider requesting funding for the entire series in one application.

Please note, as of January 2016 we are using a new online application system. Once you’ve started an application in our new online system, you can save it and return later to continue working. To return to an in-progress application, login to our online system using the username and password you created when you started your account. 

We recommend using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser to complete the online application.

SELECTION CRITERIA & PROCESS

Selection criteria

We look to support events that:

  • Inspire people to think bigger and think differently about what's possible in their communities
  • Equip people with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to effectively lead change
  • Connect people across sectors, geographies and cultural communities
  • Intersect with an audience that could benefit from the Foundation's grant and fellowship programs.

Additional considerations

  • Events that advance Foundation initiatives
  • Build the philanthropic community of the region.

Process

Representatives from the Bush Foundation Communications Team will review proposals each round and make final funding decisions.

DEADLINES

1st Round 2017

  • Applications open January 3
  • Applications close February 2, at 12:00 noon Central (We will confirm receipt)
  • Applicants notified the week of April 10
  • Grants/payments mailed April 28
  • Event should take place May 1 or after

2nd Round 2017

  • Applications close June 1, at noon Central (we will confirm receipt).
  • Applicants notified August 7
  • Grants/payments mailed August 25
  • Event should take place September 1 or after

3rd Round 2017

  • Applications open August 1
  • Applications close August 31, at noon Central (we will confirm receipt).
  • Applicants notified November 6
  • Grants/payments mailed December 1
  • Event should take place December 1 or after

2018 Dates

Dates will be listed in the fall of 2017 for the three rounds in 2018.

QUESTIONS

The Bush Foundation Communications Team welcomes your questions about the event sponsorship program. For more information, please email us at communications@bushfoundation.org.