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.

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Our 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 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

Grant resources include key dates, application questions and instructions on how to register for and use GranteeView, our grant application portal.

See Grant Resources


Grants Team

Before applying, interested applicants are encouraged to email a member of our Grants Team to ensure that the grant program fits your needs.

Meet the Team

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Our Impact

269

Grants Given in 2023

Supporting housing, human services, community development and more

$8.5M

Dollars Granted in 2023

Providing general operating, program and some capital support for East Metro nonprofits

$10.8M

in Mission Related Investing as of December 2023

Our portfolio includes investments that generate a positive social impact

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Nonprofits We Fund


We are proud to invest in community-led solutions and partner with nonprofit organizations doing incredible work in the East Metro.

Learn About Our Grant Program