Neighborhood STAR Program

Online applications for the 2020 Neighborhood STAR program will be available in early 2020.


  • 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 View 2019 Awards

Neighborhood STAR Board Members

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

Annual Reports