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F. R. Bigelow Foundation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Educational and Religious Institutions, and
Agencies in Eligible Areas for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

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F. R. Bigelow Foundation

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Deadline Date:

01/12/21 3:00 PM


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, educational and religious institutions, and public entities in eligible areas for programs that promote economic and racial equity for local residents. Funding is intended for projects and activities within the focus areas of arts and culture, economic and community development, education and youth development, health, housing, and human services. Eligible applicants serve the residents of the Greater St. Paul metropolitan area, which includes Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties, with an emphasis on serving people who live or work in the city of St. Paul.

Primary Areas of Interest:

  • Arts & Culture: Strengthening the arts & culture sector to serve all individuals and all communities across the region by supporting capacity building, capital projects, and community programs. 
  • Community & Economic Development: Building a strong and vital East Metro through community building, physical development, and strengthening support for low-income individuals, families, and underrepresented communities through workforce development and training.
  • Education & Youth Development: Supporting under-served children, youth, and young adults by investing in access to high-quality education and youth development both in and out of school from cradle to career. 
  • Health: Increasing health equity through quality, affordable, culturally-relevant services, particularly for low-income, uninsured, under-insured, and socially marginalized individuals. 
  • Housing: Improving access for low-income individuals and families to affordable quality housing, preventing, and ending homelessness. 
  • Human Services: Investing in basic needs for individuals and families, helping them be safe, stable, and independent.  

The grant opportunity includes:

  • General operating support for organizations in which at least 50% of the organization’s services benefit residents in the East Metro. The Foundation is seeking to achieve racially and economically equitable outcomes in the primary areas of interest.
  • Capital projects located within the East Metro area. These grants are designed to support the organization’s investment in buildings, facilities and equipment. Foundation investments are typically limited to buildings owned by nonprofits or held by long-term lease agreement. These grants are generally paid over multiple years.
  • Program grants. These grants are designed to provide support to a program or project serving residents of the East Metro. The Foundation will consider proposals for established and/or new programs/projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177498

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be made to 501(c)3 organizations, education or governmental units, and religious institutions. Grants can also be made to groups working through an eligible fiscal sponsor.

Applications not considered for:
- Capital projects located outside Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties
- Programs not primarily serving residents of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties
- Sectarian religious programs or organizations
- Grants to individuals
- Medical research

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grantmaking Information Session:
Join program officers from the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and partner foundations – F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation – to learn more about the first cycle of grantmaking for 2021. The virtual session will provide an overview of the grantmaking programs and an opportunity for a Q&A.

Dec. 14, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
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Dec. 17, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for this cycle open on Dec. 15, 2020, and close at 3 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified if they are being considered for full review by late February. The board meets to make to funding decisions in mid-to-late May.

Grant applications close at 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated for each round.

Before applying, all interested applicants are encouraged to contact a program officer to ensure that your grant fits the requested need.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Portal:

Stephanie Battle, Director of Community Impact

For a list of Program Officers by Focus Area with contact information see:

F. R. Bigelow Foundation
101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1800

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