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The F. R. Bigelow Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and opportunities for all in the Saint Paul area. We are a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and embrace the grantmaking principles for Minnesota grantmakers.

Grant guidelines

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation considers grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities with a particular emphasis on helping to initiate and sustain programs serving disadvantaged people and communities.

Our primary geographic focus for grantmaking is the Greater Saint Paul metropolitan area, which includes Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, with a particular emphasis on serving people who live or work in the city of Saint Paul.

Primary areas of interest:

If you are representing an arts or cultural organization, F. R. Bigelow Foundation recommends, but does not require, that you complete a Cultural Data Project data profile for your organization.

Applications considered for:

  • Program expansions or special projects of a time limited nature
  • Support for established programs or organizations that have temporary or transitional operating needs
  • Start-up costs for promising new programs relevant to community needs
  • Funds to match contributions received from other sources or to leverage new or increased contributions
  • Capital projects that generate important economic impact for the community

Applications not considered for:

  • Regular annual operating support
  • Sectarian religious programs
  • Grants to individuals
  • Medical research

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Contact our team

We strongly encourage you to contact a member of our Program Officer team before submitting an application.

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Apply for a grant

To apply for a grant with F. R. Bigelow Foundation,visit our online grant portal.

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Grant deadlines

We have two grant rounds each year. Round 1 has an early January deadline with a decision in May. Round 2 has an early July deadline with a decision in November. Applications open eight weeks before the deadline. The application deadline for Round 2 is July 11, 2017 at 3 p.m.

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Search what we have funded

Take a look at past grantees to see the types of programs and projects we fund.


Below are some key resources for grant applicants.

Grantee portal instructions and FAQ

Read our Grantee Portal user instructions and find answers to frequently asked questions.

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Sample application questions and budget

See sample application questions and budget requirements before you apply.

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Download our interim report form

Current grantees can use this link to download our interim report form.

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Download our final report form

Current grantees can use this link to download our final report form.

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