We support organizations that wish to promote their OBT grants and program-related investments to leverage further community support. Our guidelines are as follows.
Following each grant round, OBT issues a news release that lists all grants and program-related investments awarded for that round. We also post these releases in our Newsroom.
OBT typically does not initiate news releases about individual awards. Grant and PRI recipients should write their own news releases.
If you wish your news release to include a quote or comment from someone at OBT, please contact Ann Pagel, our operations and communications associate.
In general, OBT does not need to review or approve your news release unless you request a quote or comment from someone at OBT.
When working with media organizations that wish to speak with someone at OBT about a grant or OBT itself, please direct those inquiries to Ann Pagel.
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If you would like to include text about OBT at the end of your news release or announcement, please use the following language:
The Otto Bremer Trust is a private charitable trust based in St. Paul, Minn. Created in 1944 by business and community leader Otto Bremer, it is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $1 billion in people, places, and opportunities in its region. Visit ottobremer.org.
We require a narrative and financial report at the end of each one-year grant period.
In the narrative, we are particularly interested in hearing about the outcomes and impact of the work funded by the grant—both successes and challenges—and any lessons learned. In the financial report, we look to see how the money was spent. In some cases, we may ask for additional information.
At the end of the grant period (or when the grant activity is complete if that is sooner), your organization may submit its final narrative and financial reports.
Contact your program officer to discuss options if you anticipate challenges completing expenditures during the grant period.
To complete your report, log into the Application Portal.
For assistance, please contact your program officer, or call our office (651-227-8036 or 888-291-1123) and ask to speak with them.
You may also reach our program teams directly by email:
Please refer to the Eligibility Chart for Current Grantees on the Schedule page to learn when you are eligible to apply again.
When you are ready to reapply, log into the Application Portal and click the Start a New Application button on your dashboard.