The Otter Tail Power Company Foundation's 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.

Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

2020 giving

This year the Foundation will focus its charitable giving on organizations providing support to those affected by COVID-19. With several communities potentially experiencing hardships related to the pandemic, we're targeting our donations to help where it's needed most.

We make donations for the charitable, educational, and volunteer efforts of qualifying organizations that directly impact the local communities we serve.

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.

Priority funding areas:

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

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.
  • General operating support for educational institutions.


How to apply

Email your completed application form and accompanying documents to The Foundation reviews applications monthly. 

Include with your completed application:

  • An overview of the project for which you're requesting a grant.
  • A description of your organization, its history, and the physical location(s) it serves.
  • Your organizations tax exempt status letter under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • A list of your organization's officers and board of directors.

Have questions? Contact Rebecca Michael at 218-739-8303 or

Please note that the Otter Tail Corporation Foundation is a separate foundation of our parent company, Otter Tail Corporation.