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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. We are a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and embrace the grantmaking principles for Minnesota grantmakers.

Grant guidelines

Please view our response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the latest information.

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation considers grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities fostering a vibrant East Metro region and seeking to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, economic & community development, education & youth development, health, housing and human services.

Our primary geographic focus 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:

Applications considered for:

  • Program expansions or special projects of a time limited nature
  • 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:

  • Annual operating support
  • Sectarian religious programs
  • Grants to individuals
  • Medical research

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Grant deadlines

We have two grant rounds each year. More information can be found on the Grant Resources page.

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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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Search what we have funded

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