From the Bush Foundation...
The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving — within and across sectors — to make our region better for everyone. We know problem solving is hard. Our 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. 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 to programs and organizations that our 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.
We are looking for Ecosystem grantees that support organizations and leaders working to advance the goals of our focus areas.
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.
Great opportunity for the right person…
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a GIS and Data Visualization Intern to support ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative in Minneapolis, MN. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for policy and visualizing data. We work on a wide range of issues including universal Internet access, network neutrality, and municipal broadband. You will be working alongside the GIS and Data Visualization Researcher for the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the opportunity to learn aspects of GIS and data analysis specific to a public policy setting. We strongly value a diverse workforce and are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. ILSR promotes an environment free of discrimination and harassment and our Minneapolis office is located in a welcoming neighborhood.
Learn more – applications due Jan 17.
An opportunity from the MN High Tech Association…
A new year means a new cohort of ACE Leaders! MHTA is excited to announce that applications are now open to join the 2020 ACE cohort. This incoming class of ACE leaders marks MHTA’s 15th cohort. Are you a rising technology leader looking to expand your leadership competencies, grow your network, and deepen your impact in the larger technology community here in Minnesota? Apply to join the ACE leadership program & share this information with potential ACE leaders today!
I love this idea – a competition to innovate solutions that improve the lives of people with disabilities. They report on the Destination Medical Center website…
The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. The Challenge is also intended to strengthen their ability to live more independently and help reduce the direct support workforce crisis confronting communities in the region and across the United States.
Participants in the Assistive Tech Challenge should develop a product or service related to:
Access to employment
Support for care providers
Social skill development
Improved public infrastructure
And some of the details…
- First Place in each category will receive $5,000. Second Place in each category will receive $2,500.
- All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Minneapolis in May 2020.
- Online Application Form will be available on January 6, 2020. Deadline for application is February 10, 2020.
Big tip for libraries (or potential library partners!!) from the Minnesota Library Association…
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Science Kits for Public Libraries (SKPL) Grant is offering up to $2,000 in funding to public libraries in the Midwest for the creation of circulating math and science collections). The grant seeks to be a catalyst for educating students about how math and science are used for the benefit of humanity and to provide seed money for the creation of a science kit collection that will make a lasting impression on the community.
Past grants have allowed several Midwestern libraries to develop science kit circulating collections and give students access to prepared experiments and science materials that they might not encounter in the traditional classroom. Additionally, these libraries have created educational programs that allow students to conduct experiments at the library with the guidance of a librarian. This is a program of IEEE-Region 4 .
Visit http://www.sciencekitsforpubliclibraries.org for application forms, grant criteria and to learn about the successes of past grant recipients. Send your completed application to:
Dr. Douglas De Boer, P.E, IEEE-Region 4 SKPL Grant Application Chair Science Kits for Public Libraries project Douglas.DeBoer@Dordt.edu
Let’s get this going in rural areas around Minnesota. Contact your local library as a potential partner!
State Library Services is partnering with Girls Who Code (GWC) this year to bring free computer science learning opportunities to your community.
Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for girls in grades 3–5 or grades 6–12. Please note, this program targets, but is not limited to, girls.
Participants will join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Participants learn not only hard coding skills and computational thinking, but also project management skills, collaboration, bravery, resilience, how to positively impact their community, and so much more.
Apply now with the brief GWC Clubs Application through our partnership! When you start a GWC Club, you’ll gain access to free resources, flexible plug-and-play curriculum, funding opportunities, ongoing support, alumni opportunities for your young learners, and more! There’s no computer science experience needed to get started; GWC is there for you every step of the way.
Have you got a good business idea you’ve been working on? Target is looking for a few good ideas to grow. The deadline is coming up very quickly – but I can’t be the only non-sporty member of a football-happy family looking for something to do once the turkey is served and football games are turned on. You might as well look. They are looking for people who are beyond ideation – but the application isn’t too onerous if you have been thinking about and/or working on your idea for a while. Here’s info from the Target Incubator site..
An opportunity for the next generation of innovators, change-makers and leaders to learn and grow their businesses that are better for people or the planet.
what is target incubator?
An immersive program that provides exclusive access to talented mentors and leaders across Target to help you and your business grow. You’ll walk away with skills in negotiations, branding, pitching and more, as well as a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors. …
The 2020 program runs April 27 through August 7.