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 communities we serve. Our foremost concerns are our customers, our neighbors, and our employees.

Our 2020 Annual Report outlines some of ways we helped to strengthen communities last year.

2021 giving

The Foundation will continue to focus its charitable giving on organizations providing support to those affected by COVID-19 while also supporting other requests within priority funding areas. With several communities continuing to experience 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 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 (including AEDs)
  • 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.
  • Employee salaries.
  • 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.

Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

How to apply

Complete your online application today! If you're new to GrantsConnect, the system that hosts our application, click sign up and create a free account to get started. Once your application is submitted, you can go back to check the status at any time. The Foundation reviews applications quarterly (February, May, August, November).

With your application, be prepared to include:

  • 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 organization's 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.

Colleges and universities also may complete an online application through our Scholarship Program to request funds for student scholarships from the Foundation. The Foundation does not award scholarships directly to students.

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