Cultural STAR provides grants and loans to Saint Paul cultural projects and organizations. Most projects are located in the Saint Paul Cultural District (bordered by I-94 to the north, Lafayette Bridge to the east, Mississippi River to the south, and Chestnut Road to the west).  Cultural STAR grows Saint Paul's economy by strengthening the arts and cultural sector and supporting Downtown as a vital cultural center.

The four major goals of Cultural STAR are:

  • Build and diversify audiences;
  • Promote a broad range of cultural offerings;
  • Produce a long-term impact; and
  • Leverage additional financial support.

Cultural STAR is funded by Saint Paul's half-cent sales tax.

Applications

There will be only one Cultural STAR application period in 2021. Most applicants can apply for one funding type per year. Incomplete or inaccurate materials may result an ineligible application.

Hour-long information session are being held:

Other helpful materials include:

For additional help, contact Cultural STAR staff:

Cultural STAR applications are open now through Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

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Guidelines

There will be only one Cultural STAR application period in 2021. Most applicants can apply for one funding type per year. For additional help, contact Cultural STAR staff:

Contact your assigned project manager or Nora Riemenschneider (nora.riemenschneider@ci.stpaul.mn.us) to request any of the above changes, or with any other questions. Other flexible arrangements may be possible.

Cultural STAR applications are open now through Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m.

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Board

The Cultural STAR Board reviews all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Board members are also asked to help promote the program to arts and cultural organizations, neighborhood and business groups, and others that may be interested.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.

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Last Edited: April 8, 2021