Neighborhood STAR Program


  • The Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul Neighborhoods, and is funded with 50 percent of the 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:

  • STAR funds 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.

Application Process

Apply online for the 2016 Neighborhood STAR Program via Zoomgrants beginning February 10, 2016. Applications are due March 23, 2016 by 4 p.m. Central Time. 

Apply via ZoomGrants™

Application Deadline:  Neighborhood STAR Program applications must be submitted through Zoomgrants by 4 p.m., March 23, 2016. Applications not received by this time will not be accepted.

Application Fee:  A non-refundable application fee of $75 for applications between $5,000 and $25,000 or $125 for proposal requesting over $25,000 needs to be submitted prior to an application’s consideration for Neighborhood STAR funding.  Please mail or deliver a check payable to the City of Saint Paul to the Department of Planning & Economic Development, Neighborhood STAR Program, 1400 City Hall Annex, 25 W. Fourth Street, Saint Paul, MN  55102-1622 on or before the application deadline.

Interview Dates:  Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th

2016 Schedule

  • February 10 - Orientation Workshop
    • The workshop will be held at The Historic Mounds Theatre,
      1029 Hudson Road from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • March 23 - Applications due by 4 p.m. Central Time
  • May 11 & 12 - Public Hearing and Applicant Interviews
  • June 2016 - Recommendations forwarded to Mayor and City Council

Neighborhood STAR Guidelines

Neighborhood STAR Board Members

  • Ward 1 - Angela Burns, Lucie Passus
  • Ward 2 - Rachel Gillespie, Jim Stahlmann & Elizabeth Wefel (Chair)
  • Ward 3 - Michael DeCourcy, Jr., Charlie VanderAarde & Gordon Volk
  • Ward 4 - Jon Schumacher & John Curry (Vice Chair)
  • Ward 5 - Jeremiah Ellis, Marny Xiong & Richard Holst
  • Ward 6 - Marjorie Ebensteiner, Ray Hess & Robin Madson
  • Ward 7 - Alex Bajwa, Tong Thao