Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund

Otto Bremer Trust

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Basic Human Needs Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Refugee Services Literacy Adult Education Diversity & Inclusion Community Development & Revitalization Health & Medicine Education - Preschool / Early Learning Parenting Counseling & Education Recreation Youth Services Career/College Preparation Education - Higher Education Vocational & Trade Education Community/Public Safety Legal Services Domestic Violence Sexual Assault/Abuse Family Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Location of residency: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin

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Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund

In response to COVID-19, the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic.

The emergency fund has already distributed grants and loans to more than 300 organizations in our four-state region of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The civil unrest stemming from the killing of George Floyd and the growing awareness and distress over the racial inequities in our society have put even more pressure on vulnerable members of our communities. OBT is therefore broadening the scope of the emergency fund to reach further and deeper in support of those most in need.

This second phase of work by the fund will focus on deploying capital to rebuild community assets, such as damaged infrastructure, small businesses hurt by the economic crisis, and investments to replace or retain critical services. We will do this by assembling a network of intermediaries, including community development financial institutions (CDFIs), community development corporations (CDCs), and other lenders in OBT’s four-state region who can efficiently deploy capital in accordance with the fund’s stated purpose.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All nonprofit organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana are welcome to apply for emergency funding.
  • Under IRS regulations, the use of funding must advance the charitable objectives of the Otto Bremer Trust.


This page was last reviewed October 14, 2020 and last updated October 14, 2020