The Otto Bremer Trust in St. Paul has announced grants totaling more than $12.6 million to nonprofits in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Grants awarded to organizations in North Dakota include $50,000 to Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners in Bismarck to provide medical exams for victims of sexual assault in the communities of Bismarck, Minot, and Dickinson; $100,000 to Farm Rescue in Horace in support of farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness, or natural disaster and need help with farm operations and field equipment purchases; and $75,000 to the Global Friends Coalition in Grand Forks in support of its efforts to integrate refugees and their families into the greater Grand Forks community.
Recipients of grants in Minnesota include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in Saint Cloud, which was awarded $60,000 to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, and professionally supported mentoring relationships; the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Cass Lake, which will receive $40,000 to expand home-based health care, respite care education, and adult day services on the Leech Lake Reservation; and Leisure Education for Exceptional People in Mankato, which was awarded $79,000 to build its development capacity so as to better support educational and recreation opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in south-central Minnesota.
Grants to organizations in Wisconsin include $219,354 to Northland College in Ashland to implement the findings of the Center for Rural Communities, a comprehensive regional quality-of-life database; $100,000 to the Coulee Council on Addictions in La Crosse in support of a capital campaign aimed at creating a safe, inviting, and accessible space to provide services and programming for those seeking recovery from addiction; and $100,000 to the Amery Regional Medical Center Foundation for a mental health telemedicine triage center serving St. Croix Valley hospitals.
"This latest grant round was the largest dollar amount we have awarded in the history of the Otto Bremer Trust," said OBT co-CEO and trustee Daniel C. Reardon. "Our investments in these impressive organizations highlight the breadth and depth of the work being done for positive change in communities across the Upper Midwest, and we are grateful for their success."
(Photo credit: Farm Rescue)