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The application period for the 2024 Neighborhood STAR program cycle has closed and applications are no longer being accepted.

Interviews will be held on June 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 21 at The Wellstone Center.  Applicants can view the 2024 Neighborhood STAR interview schedule to find their assigned interview time. Find more details on the Neighborhood STAR interviews.

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The Neighborhood STAR program awards funding for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul neighborhoods.

Projects must be neighborhood-based, designed in partnership with community stakeholders, and clearly address problems, needs and opportunities in Saint Paul. Proposals can be a project or program that results in capital improvements in Saint Paul. Innovative proposals are encouraged, and these proposals may be generated by neighborhood and civic leaders, organizations, and businesses.​

Neighborhood STAR is funded by Saint Paul's half-cent sales tax.

2024 Application Information


The Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Program provides grants for physical (capital) improvement projects within Saint Paul neighborhoods.

Eligible applicants include any public, private, non-profit or for-profit entity located in or doing business in Saint Paul. Eligible activities are permanently affixed, physical (bricks and mortar) enhancements that strengthen and/or improve the neighborhoods of Saint Paul.

Improvements may include commercial and housing rehabilitation, parks, streetscape projects, and economic development activities. STAR-funded capital improvements should have an expected life of seven or more years, and not be deferred maintenance activities.

The guidelines are available in English, Spanish, Hmong/Hmoob, Somali, and Karen.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Neighborhood STAR team has put together a list of common questions and answers. The FAQs are available in English, Spanish, Hmong/Hmoob, and Somali.


The Neighborhood STAR Board reviews proposals, conducts tours and interviews with applicants, and recommends applications to the Mayor and City Council for approval.

The board is made up of 21 members appointed by the Mayor for four-year terms. City residency is required and Minnesota State Law requires three representatives to be appointed from each City Council Ward.

Information for Awardees

Before you start your projects, please review the information for Neighborhood STAR recipients and connect with your assigned project manager.

STAR Applications and Projects - 2013 to present

Use this map to view STAR application project sites and funded projects. Click the menu dropdown in the top right corner to view the legend. 

Saint Paul Grants Over $2.3 Million in Capital Funding to 41 Neighborhood Businesses and Organizations

In 2023, more than $2.3 million in grant funding was invested into 41 local capital improvement projects thanks to the City of Saint Paul’s Neighborhood STAR program.

Read the press release

Last Edited: July 3, 2024