Updated June 3, 2021

Community Innovation Grant Application Questions

The Community Innovation grant application questions are provided as a reference and are what you can expect to see in the online application. Access the online application

  1. What’s your idea and what problem does it solve?
  2. If your idea works, how would it be transformative? We encourage you to think big about shifts you could create in systems and structures. As part of your answer, please provide a list of some specific results you hope to achieve through your project or initiative (what would increase, decrease, improve, etc).
  3. What's your project or initiative plan? Get as specific as you can here. As part of your answer, please provide a list of the steps you intend to take.
  4. Describe the people leading this effort. What are their roles and relationships to the project or initiative? How will they work together?

How much are you requesting from the Bush Foundation for this work? 


Instead of asking for a budget at this stage, we'd like to get a general sense of how you'd use the grant funds. Please provide a short description of the types of things you'd spend these funds on. 


Where will the proposed work take place? Select all that apply.

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Native nation: Bois Forte Band
  • Native nation: Cheyenne River Sioux
  • Native nation: Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Native nation: Flandreau Santee Sioux
  • Native nation: Fond du Lac Band
  • Native nation: Grand Portage Band
  • Native nation: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Native nation: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Native nation: Lower Sioux
  • Native nation: MHA Nation
  • Native nation: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Native nation: Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Native nation: Other
  • Native nation: Prairie Island
  • Native nation: Red Lake Nation
  • Native nation: Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Native nation: Shakopee Mdewakanton
  • Native nation: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
  • Native nation: Spirit Lake Nation
  • Native nation: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Native nation: Turtle Mountain Band
  • Native nation: Upper Sioux Community
  • Native nation: Urban
  • Native nation: White Earth Nation
  • Native nation: Yankton Sioux Tribe


What best describes the geographic community served by the proposed work?

  • Rural
  • Town or city - population over 50000
  • Town or city - population under 50000
  • Combination: Rural/Town/City

We ask a few questions about every Bush Foundation applicant so we can see how well our process works for different types of organizations.

Is your organization certified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity?

  • Yes
  • No


Is your organization a public agency/unit of government or Indian tribal government under Section 7871 of the Internal Revenue Code?

  • Yes
  • No


How big is your organization? One of the ways we understand the size of an organization is by looking at their expenses. What were your total expenses in your last fiscal year?

  • Up to $49,999
  • $50,000 - $99,999
  • $100,000 - $249,999
  • $250,000 - $499,999
  • $500,000 - $999,999
  • $1M - $4,999,999
  • $5M +


We are committed to advancing racial equity in all our work. Please let us know if your organization is led by and for Black people, people of color, Indigenous people, and/or people from rural communities. Select all that apply. 

  • Does not apply
  • Black people
  • People of color
  • Indigenous people
  • People from rural communities