Announcing the 2016 Community Innovation Grant Recipients

June 15, 2016


Members of the Coalition gather for their annual tribal community visit at Sisseton Wahpeton College.
South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition members gather for their annual tribal community visit.


Community Members at the First BRIDGE Event 10.2014
Community Members at the Voices for Racial Justice's First BRIDGE Event


Luke Savisky, E/x MN, Northern Spark 2015. Photo: Ian Plant
Northern's event Northern Spark 2015. Photo: Ian Plant, Luke Savisky, E/x MN.


OSPP public announcement of partnership and project at the CGI America conference in June 2014
Oceti Sakowin Power Project public announcement in June 2014

The Bush Foundation awarded more than $5 million in Community Innovation grants to 32 organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Community Innovation grants support organizations, working in collaboration with others, to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. The Foundation provides grants between $10,000 and $200,000.

“These grants support collaborative efforts to develop and test breakthrough solutions to a wide range of complex community challenges,” said Molly Matheson Gruen, Bush Foundation Community Innovation Director. “The organizations we invest in are doing the hard work of creating community innovation and we hope their success will inspire others across the region to do the same.”

The next opportunity to apply for Community Innovation grants will be in the fall of 2016. Community Innovation grants of $500 to $10,000 are available from our intermediary partner organizations: Headwaters Foundation for Justice (MN), The Consensus Council (ND) and the South Dakota Community Foundation (SD).

Learn more about the Community Innovation grant recipient organizations.

2016 Community Innovation Grant Recipients