Focused grantmaking for Minnesota's East Metro

Shaping and strengthening the community's most important initiatives

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Mission

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.

Indigo Project Artists in Saint Paul

Reflecting on 2022

Current chair Terri Thao and incoming chair Ambar Hanson discuss their hopes for the future and legacy of F. R. Bigelow Foundation.

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Soccer camp participants and adults, photo provided by Esperanza United

Foundations Announce More than $9.9 Million in Community Grants

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation announce more than $9.9 million in community grants.

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An african american girl gets an eye exam

F. R. Bigelow Foundation Invests in Minneapolis-Based Nice Healthcare

F. R. Bigelow Foundation announced today that it has invested $500,000 in Nice Healthcare’s recently completed $30 million Series A financing.

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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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$6.8 Million Awarded

2021 total amount granted