The Bush Foundation has selected 36 organizations to receive Ecosystem grants, which provide operating support to the programs and organizations that do the most to support the people in our region working to creatively solve problems.
Some might call these infrastructure organizations or intermediary organizations or just can’t-do-without organizations. We call them Ecosystem organizations because they create the environment for organizations and leaders to solve problems and make the region better for everyone.
Ecosystem grants provide operating support over three 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 how the organization operates, impact on other organizations and leaders, fit with the Foundation's focus areas, as well as the overall diversity of the Foundation's portfolio of potential Ecosystem grantees (size of community and organization, demographics and location). The next opportunity to apply for Ecosystem grants will be in 2023.