Cultural STAR

Round 2 Application Period Coming This Summer
 Friday, July 12, 2019 - Friday, August 23, 2019

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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.


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

2019 Round 1 Applicants

Applicant Interview Schedule (Updated 4/15/19) 

Interview Dates: April 17 - April 19, 2019

Interview Location: City Hall Annex, 25 West 4th Street, 13th Floor, Saint Paul, MN 55102