Otter Tail Power Company Contributions Program

Otter Tail Power Company

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Becker County, Beltrami County, Big Stone County, Cass County, Chippewa County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Minnesota: Becker County, Beltrami County, Big Stone County, Cass County, Chippewa County Show all

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Otter Tail Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

We are known for our work ethic, honesty, and stewardship of the area's natural resources. And because a wholesome environment is essential to a satisfying quality of life, we place respect for the environment at the forefront of our operations. We want our communities and their surroundings to have clean air, land, and water resources. We want them to support wildlife, wildflowers, fish, and local parks.

Our mission is to connect with our rural communities to support young minds, invest in our current and future workforce, create vibrant culture and vital communities, improve health and human services, and protect our natural resources. While we provide financial support to a broad array of activities and organizations, we focus our resources on the rural communities we serve. Our foremost concerns are our customers, our neighbors, and our employees.

Priority funding areas:

  • Education;
  • Health and human services;
  • Community enhancement, arts, and culture;
  • Environmental stewardship.

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


  • We fund:
    • organizations with 501(c)(3) status
    • public and private educational institutions
    • volunteer fire departments, and
    • rural EMT services
  • We make donations for the charitable, educational, and volunteer efforts of qualifying organizations that directly impact the local communities we serve:
    • Minnesota: customer service areas of Bemidji, Crookston, Fergus Falls, Morris 
    • North Dakota: customer service areas of Devils Lake, Garrison, Jamestown, Rugby, Wahpeton
    • South Dakota: customer service areas of Milbank
  • We designate donations for general operating support, program/project support, and scholarships.


  • Collaborative efforts and initiatives that fit more than one of our areas of emphasis will receive greater consideration for funding.


  • We don't fund:
    • Organizations without 501(c)(3) status.
      • (Exceptions include public and private educational institutions, volunteer fire departments, and rural EMT services.)
    • Requests from outside our service area
    • Individuals
    • Lobbying, political, or fraternal groups
    • Requests for doors, windows, roofs, or heating systems
    • Programs that pose a potential conflict of interest to the company
    • Religious organizations, unless the organization is seeking charitable funds in the direct interest of the entire community and not to promote a particular faith
    • Fundraising events, social events, or goodwill advertising. (Contact your local Customer Service Center for potential support.)
    • General operating support for educational institutions