Opportunities for Organizations

Investing in great ideas

Through these programs we invest in organizations working on issues that are important to their communities and key to advancing work in our focus areas.

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Innovation Illustration

For organizations with a project that addresses a community issue in an inclusive, collaborative and resourceful way.

Grant Size:

$500 - $200,000


Applications are accepted year-round.

Bush Prize Illustration

For organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving, who work inclusively to make our region better for everyone.

Grant Size:

Up to $500,000


Accepting applications March 5 - April 11, 2019.

Event Sponsorships

For organizations hosting events that inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently, and to lead more effectively.

GRANT SIZE: Up to $50,000
STATUS: Accepting the 2nd round of applications April 23 - May 23, 2019.

Ecosystem Grants

For organizations that offer unique and significant support for other organizations working in our focus areas.

GRANT SIZE: $10,000 - $200,000
STATUS: Not currently accepting applications.


RFP | Community Creativity Cohort 2 Operating Partner

Request for proposals for an operating partner to manage the implementation of the Community Creativity Cohort 2 program from 2019 - 2021. The operating partner will be responsible for supporting grantees, coordinating capacity building supports, building a peer network among members of the cohort, planning and executing annual all-cohort convenings, and managing communication with grantees.

RFP | Creative Community Leadership Institute

Request for proposals from nonprofit organizations to assume responsibility for the Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI). This will include providing training on the integration of art and culture into community problem solving based on the existing CCLI model for approximately nine cohorts of 20-25 people (an average of three cohorts per year) for at least the next three years and building a network of past and future alumni.

President's Innovation and Partnership Fund

This fund is primarily used when we are involved in partnerships with other funders. It is also considered when there is a need to move quickly in an emergency situation or to help attract other resources to the region. 

Office Hours

Our staff travel outside of the Twin Cities metro area to meet with organizations in our region and discuss potential opportunities.