Neighborhood STAR Program

Online applications for the 2018 Neighborhood STAR Program will open on February 14, 2018 with a deadline of Wednesday March 21, 2018 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:

  • All STAR grant dollars and STAR loan funds in excess $50,000 must be matched on a 1:1 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, Lucie Passus (Chair), Derek Anders-Turner (Vice Chair)
  • Ward 2 - Jim Stahlmann, Owen Hansen, David Washington
  • Ward 3 - Sally Bauer, Kaylan Pundsack, Charlie VanderAarde
  • Ward 4 - Mustafa Hassan Diriye, Jon Schumacher,
  • Ward 5 - Jeremiah Ellis, Richard Holst, Cody Zwiefelhofer
  • Ward 6 - Marjorie Ebensteiner, Melissa Finnegan, Ray Hess 
  • Ward 7 - Tony Parrish, Tong Thao, Juliana Wilkins


Please join us at the 2018  Neighborhood STAR Program Workshop

Attend to learn more about the program and the application process.

New for this year, we will be expanding our workshop to include informational display tables highlighting current PED economic development initiatives, information on housing loan programs (small rental rehab. & single family homeowners) and the Right Track Program in addition to providing Neighborhood STAR information. The main focus will still be STAR, but there will be time before and/or after a brief program for attendees to stop by the booths to check out other initiatives the city has to offer.


  • When:  Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Midwest Special Services
    • 900 Ocean Street
    • Saint Paul, MN 55106

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