Community Responsive Fund

Foundation to Deliver $750,000 Thanks to Otto Bremer Trust

Through a partnership with the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) and its Community Responsive Fund, the Initiative Foundation will award $750,000 in grants to organizations that directly respond to immediate challenges and opportunities in Central Minnesota.

Grants of $10,000 to $75,000 will be awarded to organizations doing work within the four pillars of the Otto Bremer Trust’s founding mission: basic needs; community-asset building; health and wellbeing; and restorative and responsive services. Organizations must be based in and serving the 14 counties and two Native nations of Central Minnesota. The grant cycle opens on March 25 and will close on May 1. Learn more.

“The Otto Bremer Trust is proud to partner with the Initiative Foundation to administer and distribute grant funds in Greater Minnesota,” said Frank Miley, co-CEO and trustee for OBT. The Initiative Foundation will serve as the administrative hub for its Minnesota Initiative Foundation partners to deliver grants throughout Greater Minnesota. Each of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations will be accepting grant applications from nonprofits in their regions; they will establish their own timelines and guidelines.

“The Trust’s mission has always been to provide funding to organizations and programs that effectively address challenges and opportunities in the local community,” Miley said. “And what better way to have a deeper understanding of where those challenges are than to work with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations, which are fully integrated into the community and regions we serve. We look forward to working closely together to increase our impact.”

Brian Voerding, Initiative Foundation president, said Otto Bremer Trust’s $3 million investment in rural Minnesota will drive meaningful change. “We’re honored to collaborate with the Trust to support vital nonprofits that are meeting critical needs across our region,” he said, “and we’re grateful for their trust in community-rooted organizations like ours to expand their impact.”