Opportunities for People

We invest in the leadership capacity of people in our region who work on issues that are important to their communities and key to advancing work in our focus areas.

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The Bush Fellowship is a recognition of your accomplishments and support for your potential. It is an investment in you, so that you can make a difference in your community.

Support Includes:

Up to $100,000


No longer accepting applications for 2020 Bush Fellowship.

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Scholarships for people from our region to attend select national conferences and events.

Support Includes:

Registration, meals, hotel, and travel to and from the event.


Not currently accepting applications.

Creative Community Leadership Institute

CCLI is an in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building. 

In 2020, CCLI will host cohorts, one each in St. Cloud, MN; Fargo, ND; and Rapid City, SD. 

Application deadline March 9, 2020

Change Networks Program

A cohort-style program designed for people who have the desire and potential to make positive changes where they work. 

SUPPORT INCLUDES: Up to $5,000 and mentorship

STATUS: Not currently accepting applications.

Native Nations Rebuilders

A cohort-based leadership experience for citizens of the 23 Native nations in our region who have a passion for learning about innovative Tribal governance practices and ways to take these ideas and approaches to their own Native nations to make a positive difference.

SUPPORT INCLUDES: Participation in Rebuilder sessions.

STATUS: Cohort 11 application deadline was 9/11/2019.


Office Hours

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

Upcoming Events

Opportunities to build and strengthen connections with leaders across different networks in our region.

Finnovation Fellowship

This nine-month program supports early-stage social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. Deadline for cohort two was May 15, 2019.

Creative Community Fellows

This program unites artists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs to learn life-changing skills to take their arts-based projects to the next level. Application deadline was July 9, 2019.

Initiators Fellowship

This program equips early stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform their ideas into scalable, sustainable ventures that diversify and enrich Greater Minnesota. Application deadline was July 15, 2019.