The Otto Bremer Foundation has announced grants totaling $1,743,153
in the Brainerd charter area, which stretches from Pillager to Bemidji
and from Duluth to Brainerd.
Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer
Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social
participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The
foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank.
The foundation highlights the following grant recipients in the Brainerd lakes area:
Wing County Community Services, $7,500, Brainerd. To support a project
that will distribute healthy snack bags to elementary school children
participating in the free and reduced lunch programs.
Friends Foundation, $36,750, Crosby. To support Access4All, a literacy
and technology project that works to create opportunities within the
community to allow online card access and ebooks.
Kinship Partners, Inc., $40,000, Brainerd. To support the growth and outreach of the one-on-one mentoring program.
Area Restorative Justice Project, $52,000, Pequot Lakes. For general
operating support of this Crow Wing County organization which uses
restorative justice processes to address school behavioral issues and
truancy and reduce juvenile crime.
Rural Minnesota CEP, Inc.,
$89,720, Detroit Lakes. To support a project that will offer career
advising for students enrolled in the Brainerd High School.
School District, $10,000. To support the Fathers Reading Every Day
program which prepares children to be successful literacy learners.
Brainerd Public Schools.
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, $41,154. To
support kitchen renovations for this organization that serves meals to
people in need in the Brainerd area.
Northern Minnesota Public
Television, Inc., $50,000. To support the construction of a modern,
accessible, public media facility that will serve the northern and
central Minnesota region.
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Lakes and Pines Council $30,000, Waite Park. To support a project which
will provide leadership opportunities for young girls. Provided
programming to Girl Scouts in the Brainerd lakes area.
Staples School District, $50,000. To support a renovation project that will serve as a family center in Motley.
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration $50,000.
AIDS Action Network, $45,000, Little Falls. To support general
operating and for a challenge grant to increase individual online
giving for this organization that serves individuals living with or
affected by HIV/AIDS.
Initiative Foundation, $220,000, Little
Falls. For the Thriving Organizations Partnership, a program to help
nonprofit organizations with financial resiliency, social enterprise,
effective programming and leadership development.
Department of Employment and Economic Development, $78,455,
Minneapolis. To support a project that will develop Talent Community in
Brainerd, Fergus Falls and
Entrepreneur Fund, Inc., $30,000, Virginia, Minn. To support the Be
Strategic: Grow Your Business groups in Aitkin and Koochiching counties.
Within Reach, $17,600, Grand Rapids. To support victims and increase
public awareness about sexual violence in Aitkin County.
Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, $65,000, Brainerd. To
improve the transportation infrastructure at the Brainerd facility.