Neighborhood STAR Program


  Online applications for the 2019 Neighborhood STAR Program are now closed with a deadline of                           Thursday March 21, 2019 at 4 p.m.

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  • The Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul Neighborhoods, and is funded with 50 percent of the city's half-cent sales tax proceeds.
  • Of that 50 percent, program allocation goals are 60 percent for loans and 40 percent for grants.
  • Funds are awarded annually through one or more competitive application processes.
  • When funding is available, the STAR Year-Round Loan and Grant Program provides access to initiatives which have a particular urgency, and cannot fit within the general program cycle.
  • Proposals must be neighborhood-based projects designed with neighborhood representation to strengthen Saint Paul neighborhoods and address problems, needs and opportunities.
  • 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.

Key features of the Neighborhood STAR Program include, but are not limited to:

  • A minimum of one non-city (private) dollar for every STAR dollar is required for all grant requests.
  • Any portion of a loan request over $50,000 must be matched on a minimum $1 for $1 basis with non-city resources.
  • Eligible activities include any physical components of strategies, programs, and / or projects which strengthen and/or improve the neighborhoods of Saint Paul.
  • Capital improvements must have an expected life of seven years. Examples of eligible activities include: Improvements of residential, commercial and industrial property, Economic development efforts; Minor public improvements.
  • Eligible applicants include any public, private, or non-profit entity located in or doing business in Saint Paul.
  • Funding recommendations are made to the Mayor and City Council by the 21-member STAR Board, which is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

View Program Guidelines

Neighborhood STAR Board Members

  • Ward 1 - Angela Burns Finney, Derek Anders-Turner ( Chair)
  • Ward 2 - Jim Stahlmann, Owen Hansen, David Washington
  • Ward 3 - Sally Bauer, Charlie VanderAarde (Vice-Chair)
  • Ward 4 -  Jon Schumacher
  • Ward 5 - Jeremiah Ellis, Richard Holst, Cody Zwiefelhofer
  • Ward 6 - Marjorie Ebensteiner, Melissa Finnegan, Ray Hess 
  • Ward 7 -  Tong Thao, Juliana Wilkins


2019 Applicants

Applicant Interview Schedule

New in 2019: Please find below the Cultural Destination Area Maps , also mentioned in the guidelines.

Cultural Destination Area Maps.pdf

2019 STAR Timeline

  • February 13th................Orientation Workshop
  • March 21st  ...................Applications are due by 4:00 p.m.
  • May 8th & May 9th......Applicant Interviews
  • Late May/Early June.....STAR Board recommendations will be forwarded to the Mayor & City Council
  • Mid July 2019.............City Council Action: TBD

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