The Bush Foundation has selected 41 organizations to receive Ecosystem grants, which provide general operating support to help sustain organizations that create unique and significant value for our grantees, Fellows and other organizations.
Some might call these infrastructure organizations or intermediary organizations or just can’t-do-without organizations. We call them ecosystem organizations because they help create an environment for big things to happen in the region by supporting other organizations and leaders.
Ecosystem grants provide general operating support over two years for organizations that provide critical data and analysis, spread great ideas and build capacity, advance public awareness and policy and build and support leadership networks.
The Foundation awarded Ecosystem grants through an open application process. Applications were evaluated based on several criteria, including the degree to which the organization advanced the goals of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives and its overall value to other organizations and leaders. The next opportunity to apply for Ecosystem grants will be in 2020.
2018 Ecosystem Grantees:
African American Leadership Forum
Americans for the Arts
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Art of the Rural
Arts South Dakota
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
Center for Technology & Business
Charities Review Council
Coalition of Asian American Leaders
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
First Peoples Fund
Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Impact Hub MSP
Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
National Congress of American Indians
Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Nexus Community Partners
North Dakota State University
Social Enterprise Alliance
South Dakota State University
South East Education Cooperative
Springboard for the Arts
Twin Cities Media Alliance
University of Arizona
University of Minnesota Foundation