Focused grantmaking for Minnesota's East Metro

Shaping and strengthening the community's most important initiatives

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The F. R. Bigelow Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for all in the greater Saint Paul area, fostering a vibrant East Metro region.

The Foundation will partner, collaborate and invest in opportunities that seek to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, community & economic development, education & youth development, health, housing, and human services.

An apartment kitchen for formerly homeless youth

Providing a springboard to a better life for homeless youth

As part of F. R. Bigelow Foundation’s focus to address homelessness and support affordable housing in the Saint Paul area, the Foundation has supported The Link’s suburban housing program in recent years.

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Open Cities Health Clinic

Foundations Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation Announce Nearly $8 Million in Community Grants

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LeadMN students at an event in 2019

Annual Update from the Board

In this video, F. R. Bigelow Foundation Board Chair Paul Williams and Terri Thao, incoming Board Chair, talk about the work of the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.


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$6.8 million

2020 total amount granted