2018 Round 1 deadline (Closed) : Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
2018 Round 2 deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4 p.m. (New! Informational open houses in each ward begin July 16, 2018.)
The Saint Paul City Council has designated ten percent of the total tax revenue from the STAR program to grants and loans for cultural projects. The Cultural STAR Program was created to promote economic growth in Saint Paul by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and by supporting Downtown as a vital cultural center.
At least eighty percent of Cultural STAR funds are invested in projects located within a targeted area known as the Cultural District (defined as the geographic area bordered by Interstate 94 to the North, the Lafayette Bridge to the East, the Mississippi river to the South, and Chestnut Road to the West). The remaining funds are allocated to projects located within the legal limits of the city of Saint Paul.
There are four major goals of the Cultural STAR Program:
- Build and diversify audiences;
- Promote a broad range of cultural offerings;
- Produce a long-term impact; and
- Leverage additional financial support.
Cultural STAR Awards
There are three types of Cultural STAR awards that applicants can apply for. If you are interested in applying for funding for multiple projects, a separate application must be completed for each of them.
Capital Grant Program: This program offers grants for physical improvements to facilities or to purchase equipment and /or materials for a cultural project.
Special Projects and/or Organizational Development Program: Special Project grants are made to groups wishing to offer quality arts activities, in any discipline, within the geographic boundaries of the City of Saint Paul. Organizational Development grants are to strengthen the operations of cultural organizations.
Loan Program: This program offers low-interest loans for capital or organizational development projects. Cultural STAR awards are not being dispersed through loans during either round of 2018 funding.
Applications for Round 2 funding are open as of Monday, July 16. Applications must be submitted through ZoomGrants™ by 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications not received by this time will not be accepted.
Applications are reviewed by the Cultural STAR Board and are chosen based on how strongly the proposed project will:
- Attract audiences to Saint Paul;
- Develop and improve local cultural facilities; and
- Build capacity of artists and cultural organizations in Saint Paul.
To learn more about tips and tools for creating, submitting, and managing your applications please follow this How-To Guide for applicants on ZoomGrants: www.zoomgrants.com/welcome/applicantslideshow.pdf
Technical ZoomGrants questions may be sent to Questions@ZoomGrants.com. The Technical Support desk can be reached at (866)323-5404 x2 and is staffed from 9am - 6pm CST.
Round 1 - the deadline for Round 1 has passed. You can view grant winners for Round 1 here.
- July 16: Applications go live via ZoomGrants™
- July 16 - August 7: New! Informational open houses in each ward.
- WARD 1: Monday, July 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Rondo Community Library, Multipurpose Room, 461 Dale Street North
- WARD 2: Tuesday, July 17 | 1-2 p.m. | George Latimer Central Library, Andy Boss Room (4th Floor), 90 W 4th Street
- WARD 5: Monday, July 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice Street
- WARD 3: Monday, July 30 | 4-5 p.m. | Highland Park Library, Teen Meeting Room, 1974 Ford Parkway
- WARD 4: Tuesday, July 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Merriam Park Library, Meeting Rooms A & B, 1831 Marshall Ave
- WARD 6: Monday, August 6 | 4-5 p.m. | East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
- WARD 7: Tuesday, August 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Metropolitan State University Library building | First Floor Lounge Room, 645 E 7th Stret
- August 24: Application deadline
- October 11: Applicant Interviews: Scheduled interview times to be announced in September
- November: Recommendations forwarded to the Mayor and City Council