Three Minnesota groups get Bush Prize for Community Innovation

Three Minnesota organizations are among the winners of the 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation.

The Bush Foundation awards the prizes to groups in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota that demonstrate “a pattern of inclusive, collaborative and resourceful processes that result in innovative solutions to community challenges.”

Winners get a grant equal to 25 percent of their annual budget, up to $500,000, plus promotional support from the foundation.

The three Minnesota winners are:

  • Hope Community – Minneapolis. 
  • Lakewood Health System – Staples.
  • Minnesota Valley Action Council – Mankato.

Bush President Jennifer Ford Reedy said: “Innovation can be difficult to define in words, but the track record of these eight organizations paints a clear picture of the concept. They all think outside the box, and are open, resourceful and completely invested in finding solutions for the region.” 

Community panels in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chose the winners from 110 applications.

“The Bush Prize is an investment in the future of organizations that know how to think bigger and think differently,” said Mandy Ellerton, Community Innovation director. “We want to take some daily pressure off these extraordinary organizations to give them the time and space to think creatively about their next steps and new challenges.”

The other states’ winners were:

South Dakota

  • Cheyenne River Youth Project, Eagle Butte
  • GROW South Dakota, Sisseton
  • Partnership Rapid City – Teen Up, Rapid City

North Dakota

  • Grand Forks Housing Authority, Grand Forks
  • Impact Foundation, Fargo

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