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Announcing Bush Prize: South Dakota

April 13, 2023 // Bush Prize: South Dakota

PIERRE – In partnership with the Bush Foundation, the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) will begin accepting applications for the Bush Prize: South Dakota on May 8, 2023, and will host an informational webinar on May 16, 2023, at 2pm CDT. SDCF will select and announce the 2023 Bush Prize: South Dakota winner, as well as provide any support along the way.

Click here to register for the May 16 Bush Prize: South Dakota Informational Call

The Bush Prize: South Dakota celebrates organizations that are highly valued within their communities and have a track record of successful community problem solving. Bush Prize grants are flexible and can be used to build up reserves or test that next big idea or whatever else would be best to support the organization’s ongoing good work. The grant amounts are up to 25% of an organization’s most recent fiscal year expenses, with a maximum of $500,000.

Organizations that are 501(c)(3) public charities or government entities (including schools) are eligible for the Bush Prize: South Dakota. Bush Prize: South Dakota winners must be located in South Dakota or one of the 9 Native nations that share the same geography. The specific community innovations highlighted in the Bush Prize: South Dakota application must also have occurred within that geography. Additional information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, and application questions are available online on our website. Click here to open the Bush Prize: South Dakota webpage.

The application window for the Bush Prize: South Dakota will open on May 8th and will close at Noon Central Time on May 31st. Due to the competitive nature of the program, SDCF will not accept late applications.

“SDCF appreciates the Bush Foundation entrusting us to award the Bush Prize winner for South Dakota,” says Ginger Niemann. “We’re looking forward to supporting nonprofits as they seek this recognition for our state.”

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $30 million in grants in 2022 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.