Local Government Innovation Awards

LGIA 10th Anniversary (1:15)

Are you a city, county, township, school or Native nation that has been innovating to improve services, offer new services, create a more engaged community or reduce the cost of local government? Share your innovation for a chance to win $5,000 and a professional video highlighting your effort!

Minnesota faces the reality of an aging population, rising health care costs, and increasing demand for government services with reduced revenue. Yet many counties, cities, townships, and schools have refused to let the traditional approaches of either increasing taxes or cutting spending dictate their responses to these challenges. Instead, they are pursuing a third way: innovation and service redesign.

The Local Government Innovation Awards recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships, schools, and Native nations are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. All types of local government innovation are encouraged to enter.

Up to 20 local government entities will be recognized as award winners for their innovation. The winner in each of the four categories will also receive a professional video highlighting their work and a grant from the Bush Foundation to continue local government innovation and redesign!

In 2019, for the third year in a row, the awards will also feature the Local Government and Native Nation Collaboration Award. This category will ask local governments and Native Nations to co-submit an application detailing a project they have collaborated on to create positive change in their communities. The Native Nation and local government entity will each receive a $5,000 grant from the Bush Foundation and a professional video highlighting their project. 

Prizes

One Leading Innovator in each category of city, county, township and school will be awarded a $5,000 grant and The Local Government and Native Nation category will be awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bush Foundation.

Please note that these grants must be used exclusively for charitable, public purposes and cannot be used for direct or grassroots lobbying efforts.

The LGIA 2019 Entry Open Period is September 9 - 27, 2019.