Office Hours - Rapid City, SD 2018

At the Bush Foundation we strive to be accessible to and knowledgeable about the communities we seek to support. Office Hours give us a chance to connect face to face with people across our region. These trips offer a chance for us to share our grant and program information, as well as help us to develop a greater sense of the challenges and opportunities across the region.

Our 2018 Office Hours continue in October in Rapid City, SD with our partners the Northwest Area Foundation.

Bush Foundation

Available opportunities to discuss with staff:

Community Innovation Grants

Community Innovation grants support communities to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions. We think of this as civic R&D, allowing communities to develop and test new solutions to community challenges.

  • Grants range from $10,000 to $200,000. Community Innovation grants of $500 to $10,000 are available in Minnesota through our intermediary partner organization, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
  • We seek to support initiatives that are inclusive, collaborative and resourceful.
  • There is no deadline for the Community Innovation grant application.

Please note: these grants are not made to established programs that are seeking general operating support but rather to organizations proposing new or evolving initiatives.

Learn more about Community Innovation grants.

Bush Fellowship

We believe in the power of people to make great ideas happen for their community. Each year, we award the Bush Fellowship to as many as 24 people from across our region.

  • Bush Fellows receive a flexible grant of up to $100,000 that they can use to strengthen their leadership skills. 
  • The Bush Fellowship is an investment in people who have a record of accomplishment and the potential to do even more for their community. 
  • Bush Fellows have shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to inspire those around them. They have a clear vision for what is possible in their community and what type of personal growth and development they need to make that vision a reality.

Learn more about the Fellowship

Event Opportunities

We believe in the power of events to inspire, equip and connect people to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in our communities:

Northwest Area Foundation

The Northwest Area Foundation supports organizations anchored in the culture of the people they serve and dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in under-resourced communities.

During our office hours are interested in refreshing our knowledge about emergent issues in the community and learning about examples of sector and place-based efforts to build inclusive economies.   We support local ownership and culturally anchored solutions that build more equitable, inclusive, and long-lasting prosperity. We target our funding to organizations that reflect and directly benefit low-income members of our priority communities:  people of color, immigrants, refugees, Native Americans, and people in rural places.  

John Fetzer, program officer, is available to learn about emergent issues impacting priority communities and hear about ways the community is coalescing to unite and build prosperity for new and underserved communities.

Karla Miller, program director, will schedule meetings to learn about and gain a deeper understanding of the sectors and places where inclusive economic ecosystems are creating greater opportunities for low-income populations in South Dakota and in reservation communities.


Learn more about the The Northwest Area Foundation, including information about its regions, eligibility, and how to apply for a grant.


If you or your organization fit within any of these funding areas and you would like to meet with a staff person to learn more, register for October's Office Hours in Rapid City, SD.

If you have any questions, please contact