To support organizations that assist individuals in genuine need of financial assistance and for whom public welfare or assistance is either inadequate or unavailable.
No grants are made to educational or religious organizations, with the exception of the Salvation Army.
The trust primarily supports organizations that operate in Illinois and California (particularly the Long Beach area).
Types of support
Grants must provide direct financial help to persons in need. No support for administrative or other expenses.
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- Organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
- Funds must be used for direct help to persons in need and are restricted for such uses. No part of the funds may be used for administrative or other expenses.
The trust does not fund requests to:
- Educational organizations
- Religious organizations, with the exception of the Salvation Army.
Average grant size: $5,000
Average number of grants per year: 3
Average total giving per year: $10,000
Application period and deadlines
Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by August 31 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting.
Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by December for applications received by the deadline.
Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.
About the Foundation
Otto P. Berdach, a resident of Jacksonville, Illinois for many years, was a generous man who cared greatly about the welfare of his fellow man. In his Last Will & Testament, Mr. Berdach expressed his generosity through the creation of the Otto P. Berdach Trust. Mr. Berdach’s expressed desire was that the trust funds be used to assist individuals in genuine need of financial assistance and for whom public welfare or assistance is inadequate or unavailable. At the time of his death he resided in the county of Los Angeles, California.