Cultural STAR 2020 Applications

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Cultural STAR program will only provide general operations grants to Saint Paul-based arts or cultural organizations. This is intended to be a one-time emergency relief program and does not reflect a permanent change to Cultural STAR.

2020 Round One has been canceled, and filed applications will not be considered for capital or special project funding. 2020 Round One applicants will need to fill out a 2020 General Operating application to be considered.

Two virtual information sessions will be held:

If you would like any assistance or modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please contact Nora Riemenschneider at nora.riemenschneider@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6638.

2020 Cultural STAR General Operating applications are due Friday, October 2 at 4 p.m.

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Eligibility

Organizations must be:

  • Located in Saint Paul, according to one of the following guidelines:
    • EIN and/or MN Secretary of State business listing with Saint Paul address
    • Lease/own property in Saint Paul
    • Hold the majority of programming in Saint Paul
  • A tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3), with an IRS tax-exempt EIN
  • Registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Have primary art/culture-centered purpose, or host a major arts-based initiative, program, or project
  • Impacted by COVID-19
  • Operating with an annual budget of $5 million or less

Awards can be used for:

  • Rent/mortgage or utilities;
  • Accounts payable
  • Employee expenses including:
    • Payroll
    • Earned Sick and Safe Leave
    • Medical insurance
  • Program expenses including:
    • Artist payments
    • Virtual programming
    • Marketing
  • and/or any other operating/program expenses

Financing

  • Type: Grant
  • Minimum award: $5,000

Application

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2020 Cultural STAR General Operating applications are due Friday, October 2 at 4 p.m.  

A complete proposal will include:

  • Basic details about the organization.
  • Narrative description of the negative impact on the organization due to COVID-19.
  • Information on the intended use of grant funds.
  • Attachments:
    • Applicant description, including mission, structure, audiences served, board of directors, leadership/advisory team for arts initiatives, etc.
    • Form 990 or Audited Financial Statements from most recent fiscal year or most recent year available
    • Current year’s organizational budget

For questions, contact Nora Riemenschneider, Program Coordinator at nora.riemenschneider@ci.stpaul.mn.us or (651) 266-6638.