General Operations Grant

The Otto Bremer Trust is structured to reflect the challenges and opportunities found throughout Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Their mission is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in their region.

Type of Support


General operations grants provide unrestricted funding that enables an organization to carry out its mission. Typical uses could include support for an organization’s administrative and infrastructure costs, maintaining core programs and/or staffing.


For displaced individuals or those facing other challenges, securing a roof overhead, finding clothing to wear, and putting food on the table are the first steps toward self-sufficiency.

These grants include those that focus on short-term assistance through food shelves and outreach programs, cash or vouchers, and auto repair, along with refugee resettlement efforts, transitional housing programs, and homeless shelters.


By bringing together various forms of capital within a community—financial, social, and cultural—we seek to achieve this common goal.

This category covers a range of investments, including small business development, diversity initiatives, community planning, long-term housing programs, transportation, literacy, and adult education—all focused on building strong community assets.


We fund a range of care, including medical, dental, vision services, and wellness programs for families and the elderly, particularly supporting services in underserved and rural communities.

Other examples include early education and parenting programs, community recreation, physical and mental health services, youth support and enrichment, post-secondary education, and job skills.


We believe it is critical to support organizations working to bring stability to individuals and families facing disruptive forces in life.

Grants include those that address domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and recovery, disaster response, economic stabilization, and helping people navigate the judicial and legal system.


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Fiscally-sponsored organizations
Governmental entities


Projects that fall outside the scope of OBT's funding:
Annual fundraisers and benefit events (e.g., we do not offer sponsorships)
Debt reduction
Endowments other than for the development of community foundations
Animal welfare
Animal-based therapy programs
Primary medical research
Sporting teams and events
Core K-12 academic curriculum and staff
One-time experiences, such as camps, trips, conferences, and events
Religious programs for the purpose of religious education or proselytization
Historical preservation and interpretive centers
Municipal infrastructure projects, including emergency response equipment, parks, and playgrounds
Programs principally focused on the arts, including books, theatrical productions, museums, film, video, and other media projects but we may consider projects that use the arts as a mechanism for work that more closely corresponds with OBT’s purposes
Programs principally focused on environmental appreciation, enhancement, or preservation but we may consider projects that use environmentalism as a mechanism for work that more closely corresponds with OBT’s purposes
We recommend contacting program staff before applying if your request falls in any of the following areas:
Start-up organizations or new programs within an existing organization
Bringing a program or building into government compliance (e.g., if primary purpose of the project is to address a code violation or ADA requirements)
New applicants or programs for which Otto Bremer Trust is asked to provide a majority of the budget
National or regional organizations, including organizations expanding into OBT’s service area
Organizations experiencing a significant transition, such as a merger or leadership change


You may submit applications every year.
Required Attachments
Organizational Budget
Board List
501(c)(3) Letter
Form 990
Contact info
(651) 227-8036