Cultural STAR

Round 1 Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.

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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.

2019 Round 1 application period: Friday, January 11, 2019 - Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 Round 1 Information Sessions

Tuesday, January 15
1:30 - 3 p.m.
George Latimer Central Library
Andy Boss Room, 4th Floor
90 W 4th St.
Wednesday, January 16
4 - 5:30 p.m.
BROWNstone Reading Room
839 University Ave. W
Tuesday, January 22
5:30 - 7 p.m.
CoCreatz Work Place
2388 University Ave. W
Thursday, January 24
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Rice Street Library
STARS Meeting Room
1011 Rice St.
Monday, January 28
3 - 4:30 p.m.

CANCELED due to weather
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
788 E. 7th St.
CANCELED due to weather
Wednesday, January 30
1 - 2:30 p.m.

CANCELED due to weather
Highland Park Community Center
Community Room
1974 Ford Pkwy.

CANCELED due to weather
Monday, February 4
2 - 3:30 p.m.
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St.
Monday, February 11
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
788 E 7th St.
Tuesday, February 12
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Rondo Community Library: Multipurpose Room
461 Dale St. N.

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.

2019 Capital Project Guidelines

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.

2019 Special Projects and/or Organizational Development Guidelines