Social Services, Child Care Funding Available

Funder: Otto Bremer Trust (formerly Otto Bremer Foundation); Opportunity: Community grants; Funding Focus: Low-income families, youth, financial literacy, basic needs-social services and housing; Geographic Focus: Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin; Funding: Varies, the foundation provided $41.3 million in funding last year; Deadlines: April 11 and July 11.

Summary:  The foundation provides funding to nonprofits helping people achieve full economic, civic and social participation. The foundation will consider basic needs programs, including nutrition, housing and job training endeavors. The foundation has made loans for projects that meet general funding criteria and benefit the community, including: support for construction and renovation of child care centers, support for human service agencies serving specific ethnic populations and the development of energy efficient affordable housing for young people. For a list of grantees, please visit:   

Info:    Danielle Cheslog, grants manager, e-mail,; 651/227-8036.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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