Grant Opportunities

Bush Foundation seeking Applications for Ecosystem Grants – United States

Bush Foundation seeking Applications for Ecosystem Grants – United States

Deadline: 13 February 2020

The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make the region better for everyone.

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The Foundation know problem solving is hard. The Ecosystem grant program is designed to provide operating support to the programs and organizations that do the most to support the people doing this work.

Some might call these infrastructure organizations or intermediary organizations or just can’t-do-without organizations. They call them Ecosystem organizations because they create the environment for organizations and leaders to solve problems and make the region better for everyone.

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Focus Areas

Working across issues:
Community Innovation: Does the organization support other organizations to collaboratively solve community problems?
Leadership: Does the organization inspire, equip and connect leaders to more effectively lead change?
Working on a specific issue:
Community Creativity: Does the organization help others to use art and culture to solve community problems?
Education: Does the organization help schools and educators move toward student-centered learning?
Nation Building: Does the organization support tribal governments to exercise sovereignty?
Social Business Ventures: Does the organization support people to start and grow businesses that solve social problems?

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Ecosystem grants provide operating support to programs and organizations that grantees, Fellows and other organizations rely heavily on to:

Provide critical data and analysis.
Spread great ideas and build capacity.
Advance public awareness and policy.
Build and support leadership networks.
Funding Information

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Organizations may apply to receive as much as $300,000 over three years in operating support. The annual grant amount is typically 25% of the organization’s expenses, up to $100,000 per year. All Ecosystem grantees will receive an additional $10,000 in capacity building funds to build or increase their skills to work across differences.

Eligibility Criteria

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Ecosystem grants may be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities. Coalitions or collaborative efforts are eligible to apply, but only one organization may receive the grant.
Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status may submit an application through a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must submit the grant application. If the grant is approved, the fiscal sponsor becomes the grantee and receives the funds.
Grants must be used for a charitable purpose that supports people and organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

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