Who We Are
Since 1946, F. R. Bigelow Foundation has invested in nonprofits, programs and initiatives that strengthen East Metro neighborhoods and downtown Saint Paul, while enhancing quality of life.
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 supports nonprofits through partnering, collaborating and investing in opportunities that seek to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the areas of arts & culture, community and economic development, education and youth development, health, housing and human services.
Resources for Grant Applicants
F. R. Bigelow Foundation offers two grant rounds each year. Our first grant round of 2024 opens on Jan. 16, 2024, and closes Feb. 7, 2024. Through resources on this website and with help from our Grants Team, you can find out what we fund and how to apply.
Grant resources include key dates, application questions and instructions on how to register for and use GranteeView, our grant application portal.
Before applying, interested applicants are encouraged to email a member of our Grants Team to ensure that the grant program fits your needs.
We recently sat down with Board Chair Ambar Cristina Hanson to review some of the highlights of 2023 and her hopes for 2024 and beyond.
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation have awarded more than $11 million to nonprofits in their second round of 2023 grantmaking.
F. R. Bigelow Foundation outgoing Board Chair Terri Thao and incoming Board Chair Ambar Cristina Hanson reflect on their goals, from long-term community investments, reducing disparities, leadership support and impact investing.
Grants Given in 2023
Supporting housing, human services, community development and more
Dollars Granted in 2023
Providing general operating, program and some capital support for East Metro nonprofits
in Mission Related Investing as of December 2023
Our portfolio includes investments that generate a positive social impact
Nonprofits We Fund
We are proud to invest in community-led solutions and partner with nonprofit organizations doing incredible work in the East Metro.