We strongly encourage you to contact a Community Impact Team expert before submitting an application.

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We have two grant rounds each year. Specific dates for the upcoming grant round will be available in the Grantee Portal about a month prior to the Application Open date. First-time Grantee Portal users are strongly encouraged to complete the portal registration early.

Applications not received in time for a grantmaking meeting are carried forward to the next one.

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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 will consider grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities with a particular emphasis on helping to initiate and sustain programs serving disadvantaged people and communities where funding from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation will have significant impact.

Primary areas of interest are:

  • Human services
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Arts

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation’s 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.

The Foundation will consider grant applications 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.

The Foundation will not consider grant applications for:

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

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. For more information, visit