Office of the Vice President for Research

Extramural Coordinated Funding

UM Submission Instructions: Otto Bremer Trust Community Grants 2020

Sponsor: Otto Bremer Trust ,Otto Bremer Trust ,Otto Bremer Trust ,Otto Bremer Trust ,Otto Bremer Trust
Award Title: Otto Bremer Trust Community Grants
Grant amount will be determined via conversations with the Otto Bremer Trust
UM Deadline: 04/17/2020
Sponsor Deadline: 12/31/2020
Description: The Otto Bremer Trust typically offers four application deadlines per year; the 2020 grant cycle deadlines will be published soon.

"The Otto Bremer Trust seeks to build healthy, vibrant communities by investing in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. The Trust's service area spans seven regions in Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. The Trust does not have specific strategic grant-making priorities, however offer the following broad categories to explain the types of programs and services they invest in:
1) Basic Needs: short-term assistance to support self-sufficiency, such as food shelves and outreach programs; refugee resettlement efforts, transitional housing programs, and homeless shelters.
2) Community Asset Building: Supports a range of activities focused on building strong community assets, such as small business development, diversity initiatives, community planning and infrastructure, long-term housing programs, transportation, literacy, and adult education.
3) Health & Wellbeing: Supports a wide range of care including medical, dental, vision services, and wellness programs for families and the elderly, particularly supporting services in underserved and rural communities.
4) Restorative & Emergency Services: Supports efforts to bring stability to individuals and families facing disruptive forces in life. Grants are directed to programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and recovery, disaster response, emergency services such as volunteer fire departments and paramedics, economic stabilization, and helping people navigate the judicial and legal system."

The Otto Bremer Trust is likely to fund one award per year.

The UMF Corporate & Foundation Relations team will work with the UMN applicant selected in the internal submission to coordinate the external application process.
Number of Applicants University is Allowed to submit: Determined by the Trust
Additional Requirements: None
Sponsor Guidelines:
UM Nominations Process: Those interested in applying should submit the following as a single pdf document to no later than 4pm on April 17th:

1. Cover page including PI name, department, contact information, project title, Funding Priority area, and one paragraph project abstract.
2. Project summary (not more than three pages).
3. Biosketch of PI (limit to one page).

The University of Minnesota Foundation and the Office for the Vice President for Research will collaborate to forward proposals to the Otto Bremer Trust. Any questions can be submitted to "
Peer Review Coordination: Office of the VP for Research contact email
Status: In Review
Please note: To be considered for peer review and internal selection, faculty must follow the above submission guidelines and meet the UM deadline as set by the office coordinating the peer review for this opportunity.

General Information

  • Each posting has information about the external sponsor and opportunity as well as the internal application instructions.
  • Opportunities can be sorted by column headings; just click on the heading to re-sort by that column.
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Column Descriptions

  • Sponsor: redirects you to the sponsor's main website
  • Title/Guidelines: redirects you to sponsor specific information regarding the opportunity which may include description, eligibility, budget instructions, forms and other requirements
  • Amount: Maximum dollar amount awarded.
  • Add’l Req: Identifies special requirements such as cost sharing, partners, etc.
  • Sponsor Deadline: External deadline identified by the sponsor.
  • UM Submission Instructions: Contains specific internal submission requirements including internal proposal instructions, deadline, eligibility, internal nomination process, contact information.
  • # Apps: The maximum number of applications the sponsor will allow the university to submit.
  • UM Deadline: Submission deadline for internal proposal as determined by the coordinating office.
  • Status:
    • Open: UM deadline has not passed and the opportunity is open for application.
    • In Review: Peer review process is in progress for the opportunity.
    • PI Selected: The PI has been selected as the official UM nominee.
    • Closed: Sponsor deadline has passed and the opportunity is closed for application.
U of M Submission Instructions (Required)

This link includes summary sponsor information, specific instructions for internal submission and contact information for the university office coordinating the nomination process.

  • Follow the directions in the submission instructions and submit required materials by the UM deadline to the contact indicated.
  • Instructions vary according to the requirements of the sponsor and the university office coordinating the nomination process.
Registration (optional)

Registration is an optional but highly recommended feature. Perhaps you are looking for a wider audience for your proposal idea, or for potential collaborators to work with to create a stronger application. Registration allows applicants to share proposal ideas and post contact information.

Registration also provides information that helps the university office overseeing the nomination to determine the level of coordination needed and guide the review process.

To register (or view registrants), click on the UM Submission Instructions for a specific opportunity, then click on the Register Interest link.

Selection Process

  • Once the internal deadline has passed, the status will change to “In Review” and proposals will undergo review.
  • If there are multiple applicants, the office managing the nomination will determine the review criteria and coordinate the review process.
  • Once review has been completed all parties will be notified via email.
  • Nominees will be provided with a letter addressed to the sponsor from the OVPR indicating that they are the university's nominee. This letter should accompany the nominee's proposal.
  • SPA is notified of the university's nominee(s) and the status is updated to “PI Selected”.

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