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Updated for 2020 Applicants

Event Sponsorship Program Application Questions

The 2020 Event Sponsorship application questions are provided as a reference and are what you can expect to see in the online application. 

About the Event

  • Provide the name of your event.
    Maximum of 255 characters (approximately 40 words).
  • What is the date — or range of dates — of the event?
  • Total Amount Requested (up to $50,000).
  • Which of the following Bush Foundation focus areas most closely aligns with your event?
    If your event fits within more than one focus area, please choose the one that most closely relates to your proposal.
    • Community Creativity: Use art and culture to solve community problems.
    • Education: Support student-centered learning.
    • Native Nation Building: Strengthen tribal sovereignty.
    • Social Business Ventures: Support businesses to solve social problems.
    • Community Network Event: Program that inspires, equips, connects.
  • Where will the event take place? Please provide the city and state.
    Maximum of 255 characters (approximately 40 words).
  • How many people do you expect to attend? Please only enter a number unless an explanation is necessary.
    Maximum of 300 characters (approximately 50 words).
  • Provide a brief two-sentence summary of the proposed event, its purpose and intended audience.
    Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words).
  • Please share the length, structure and high-level activities of this event. (For example, is it an hour or full day? What will attendees experience?)
    Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words).
  • How does your proposed event inspire, equip and/or connect leaders within the region to effect change in their communities? Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words). 
  • How is your event inclusive across geographies, sectors, ideological divides and/or cultural communities? Does the proposed event intend to advance equity for any specific group of people? Please explain.
    Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words).
  • What do you want participants to take away from this event? How will you measure success?
    Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words).
  • Tell us about your event's sponsorship benefit package or how sponsors are recognized at all levels. (Opportunities to attend, speak, share materials, provide an ad or logo, etc.)
    Maximum of 6,000 characters (approximately 1,000 words).  
  • Additional information: Please share if you have alternate plans in mind for this event in case it is not safe or appropriate to gather due to COVID-19. You may also use this space to share anything else you’d like us to know about this event.
    Maximum of 1,200 characters (approximately 200 words).

If working with a fiscal sponsor, the fiscal sponsor is the applicant organization.

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


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


What best describes the community served by your organization?

  • Rural Town or City – population over 50,000
  • Town or City – population under 50,000
  • Combination: Rural/Town/City

What were your most recent fiscal year total expenses?

  • 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 +

What geographic area(s) will your event serve?

  • 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

Please provide a brief overview of your organization.
If you are applying as a fiscal sponsor, please briefly describe both your organization and the organization you are sponsoring.
Maximum 3,000 characters (approximately 500 words).

Sponsored Project (if applicable)

If you are not applying with a fiscal sponsorship agreement, do not complete this section. If you are applying with a fiscal sponsorship arrangement, this section applies to you. The information below should be about the organization that is being sponsored, not the organization sponsoring the work. In addition, a signed fiscal sponsorship agreement is required for all applicants using a fiscal sponsor arrangement.

Sponsored Project (Organization or Group Name):
Organization name, address, phone number, website

Sponsored Project Primary Contact: 
Name, title, email


Please upload a budget document showing your estimated expenses and sources of revenue for this event.