The Otto Bremer Foundation announced it will give two grants totaling $770,000 to help Minot organizations continue recovery efforts in the aftermath of last year's flood.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center received a $400,000 grant to support the replacement of transitional housing facilities that were lost in the flood and help the center to consolidate its programs and activities at a single site. The new facilities will replace the only transitional housing for victims of domestic violence within 100 miles of Minot.
A grant of $370,000 was given to the Minot Park District and will support repairs to the Roosevelt Park Pool, Minot's only outdoor public swimming pool. The pool typically hosts more than 20,000 swimmers a season and serves as a community gathering place as well as the main resource in Minot to train swimmers and lifeguards.
These grants build on a $250,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant in June 2011 to the Minot Area Recovery Fund, created by the Minot Area Community Foundation to support the community's recovery and rebuilding efforts. The Otto Bremer Foundation has committed a total of more than $1.3 million to assist Minot in flood recovery and meet post-flood challenges.
"Much has been accomplished this past year in Minot as nonprofit and religious organizations, government agencies and businesses responded to the immediate needs of flood victims and laid the groundwork for recovery and rebuilding," said Charlotte S. Johnson, an Otto Bremer Foundation trustee. "However, much remains to be done. These new grants for flood recovery are part of the Otto Bremer Foundation's commitment to helping to build and maintain healthy and vibrant communities."