Otto Bremer Trust Changes

May 21, 2021
Below is a message from the Otto Bremer Trust that I received today and wanted to share with you:
We are pleased to announce that our new application process is now live.
Designed with great care and vision by our entire organization, this process will allow us to review more grant applications with thoroughness, efficiency, and, most importantly, fairness.
To start an application, please first review the guidelines on our How to Apply for a Grant page. There you’ll also find a link to begin a new application.
Some things to note about our new process:
  • Our next application deadline is June 3. Applicants who submit by that date will receive a decision by mid-September. More deadlines are available.
  • Same funding priorities. While we continue to grow our philanthropic work across the four-state region, our funding priorities and interest areas haven’t changed. Learn more on our website.
  • A more efficient process. The new application and related internal processes will reduce the amount of time between application and decision. Watch our website for updates on upcoming application deadlines.
  • Fiscal sponsorship application. Applicants applying as a fiscal sponsor are required to first contact OBT program staff to receive an application.
  • A new portal. As you may know, OBT launched a new portal in July 2020. If you’re unsure if you have an account in the new portal, write to
  • More questions? Review our frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about eligibility, please reach out to our program teams. You can find the right contact by visiting the Where We Work section of our website, or call our office (651-227-8036 or 888-291-1123) and ask to speak with a program officer.
If you need technical assistance with the portal, write to
Thank you.
Otto Bremer Trust
Main 651 227 8036 | Toll-free 888 291 1123