Cultural STAR Program

2018 Round 1 deadline (Closed) Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
2018 Round 2 deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4 p.m.


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  • 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.
  • The Saint Paul City Council has designated ten percent of the total tax revenue from this program to grants and loans for cultural projects.
  • At least eighty percent of Cultural STAR funds will be invested in projects located within the targeted area known as the Cultural District.
  • The remaining funds may be allocated toward projects outside the Cultural District within the legal limits of the City of Saint Paul.
  • The Cultural District is 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.


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.

The program will achieve the purpose by making grants and loans for projects and programs that:

  • Attract audiences;
  • Develop and improve cultural facilities; and
  • Build capacity of artists and cultural organizations.


  • Capital Grant Program: This program offers grants for physical improvements to facilities or to purchase equipment and /or materials for a cultural project.
  • 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.
  • Loan Program: This program offers low-interest loans for capital or organizational development projects. Applications for loans can be made at any time during the year.

Program Guidelines

2018 Cultural STAR Capital Project Guidelines

2018 Cultural STAR Special Projects and/or Organizational Development Guidelines

2018 Cultural STAR Board   

Lana Barkawi, Mizna
Steve Heckler, Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Barry Kempton, Schubert Club
Lindsay Kimball, The Current from Minnesota Public Radio
Dayna Martinez, Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Chris Widdess, Chair, Board Member at Large
Tim Wilson, Urban Lights Music
Jai Winston, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Application Submission

Applications must be submitted through  ZoomGrants™ by 4 p.m. on the deadline date. Applications not received by this time will not be accepted.

To learn more about tips and tools for creating, submitting, and managing your applications please follow this How-To Guide for applicants on ZoomGrants:

2018 Schedule

Round 1

Round 2

  • July 17: Applications go live via  ZoomGrants™
  • August 24:  Application deadline
  • October 11: Applicant Interviews: Scheduled interview times to be announced in September
  • November: Recommendations forwarded to the Mayor and City Council

2018 Cultural STAR Grant Winners

PDF icon 2018 Round 1 Cultural STAR Recipients.pdf


Past Cultural STAR Grant Winners

PDF icon2017 Round 1 Cultural STAR Recipients.pdf
PDF icon2017 Round 2 Cultural STAR Recipients4.pdf
PDF icon2016 Cultural STAR Round 1 Recipients.pdf
PDF icon2016 Round 2 Cultural STAR Recipients.pdf
PDF icon2015 Round 1 Cultural Star Grant Awards
PDF icon2015 Round 2 Cultural Star Grant Awards

Signage and Publicity for your Funded Project

For projects that are supported by the Cultural STAR Program, be sure to credit the program in any advertising or publicity of the project, including websites, newsletters, signage and programs.

PDF icon Organizational Development/Special Projects Acknowledgement Guidance.pdf

PDF iconCapital Project Signage Guidance.pdf

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