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F. R. Bigelow Foundation Grant

Grants to Saint Paul Area, Minnesota Nonprofits and
Agencies for Health, Arts, and Community Development

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Grants to Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to strengthen local communities and improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals. First-time applicants are advised to register on the grants portal well in advance of the deadline. Primary program areas include community and economic development, human services, health care, education, and the arts.

Priorities for each of the primary areas of interest:

Arts: The arts bring communities together. They help understand the experiences of local neighbors and provide a creative outlet for learning. A strong arts community helps the local region and its residents thrive.

Community and Economic Development: The community needs strong social and economic connections to thrive. When neighbors' personal and career development are supported, a region where stable employment is created, and a strong economy and equitable access are the norm.

Education: Ensuring all students have access to the resources they need to grow and pursue career goals is an important facet of a healthy community. From early childhood education to college prep, the Foundation supports the region's young minds.

Health Care: East Metro residents need sustainable health care to help them thrive in all areas of their lives. Helping specific communities meet their health care needs and providing services to underserved populations will result in a healthier region for all.

Human Services: Caring for residents' fundamental needs is essential. Creating a strong foundation for everyone to succeed requires stable access to food, housing and other support systems that affect the community's quality of life.

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation will consider grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities with a particular emphasis on helping to initiate and sustain programs serving disadvantaged people and communities where funding from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation will have a significant impact.

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation’s primary geographic focus for grantmaking 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.

The Foundation will consider grant applications for:

- Program expansions or special projects of a time-limited nature;
- Support for 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177498

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The F. R. Bigelow Foundation will consider grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public entities.

Applications not considered for:

- Regular annual operating support
- Sectarian religious programs
- Grants to individuals
- Medical research

Pre-Application Information:

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

There are two grant rounds each year. Specific dates can be found on the Resources page on the website.

Key Application Dates:

Round 1 Application Opens: 11/14/2017
Round 1 Application Closes: 1/9/2018

Round 2 Application Opens: 5/15/2018
Round 2 Application Closes: 7/10/2018

First-time Grantee Portal users are strongly encouraged to complete the portal registration early.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the grant guidelines, FAQs, fiscal agreement form, and sample budget.


Contact Information:

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

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If you have questions or need assistance please email

Staff Contacts:

Lori Berg, Program Officer

Sharon DeMark, Program Officer

Additional Community Impact Team Contacts:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Greater Saint Paul metropolitan area, including Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties