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Otto Bremer Trust awards 150 grants totaling $8.9 million; GC Ambulance receives $40,000

SAINT PAUL, MN — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $8,856,705 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“We’re proud to support organizations that are providing essential resources for their communities,” said Brian Lipschultz, co-CEO and trustee, OBT. “These grant recipients are making a positive impact throughout the region.”

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Visit

A list of grants awarded to organizations in western Wisconsin is included below. For a complete list of grants, review the full release on our website.

Western Wisconsin

Amery Area Senior Citizens, Inc., Amery, WI, $35,000. For general operations to provide programs and activities to members of the community.

Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc., Eau Claire, WI, $40,000. To expand services to victims of gender violence and crime in Chippewa Valley and Dunn County communities.

Family Pathways, North Branch, MN, $50,000. To support the general operations of food shelves in Frederic and St. Croix Falls.

Glenwood City Ambulance Service, Glenwood City, WI, $40,000. To support the purchase of life-saving equipment for the community ambulance service.

Habitat for Humanity – La Crosse Area, La Crosse, WI, $40,000. For equipment purchases to build and maintain housing for economically challenged families in and around La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Kinship of Polk County, Inc., Balsam Lake, WI, $56,000. For general operations to meet the increased demand for mentoring services throughout Polk County, Wisconsin.

The Salvation Army, Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Wauwatosa, WI, $30,000. For general operations to address short-term, acute basic needs for individuals and families in Ashland and Bayfield counties.

The Salvation Army, New Richmond, WI, $50,000. For general operations to serve homeless individuals and families in St. Croix, Burnett and Polk counties.

United Way St. Croix Valley, Inc., Hudson, WI, $90,000. To leverage relationships between food pantries and local farmers to reduce hunger in Polk County.

City of Washburn, Ashland, WI, $30,000. To support the Jackie’s Field community playground project.

YWCA of La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, $40,000. To support the development of restorative justice tools to increase student success in La Crosse- area schools.