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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

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. The application deadline for Round 1 is in January and for Round 2 is in July. Specific dates can be found on the 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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To apply for a grant with F. R. Bigelow Foundation, visit our online grant portal.

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