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Neighborhood STAR Program
Michele Swanson

Bob Hammer

25 W. 4th Street, Suite 1400
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-STAR
Fx: (651) 266-6549

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
  • 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 sixty for loans and forty 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 meet the general program cycle.
  • Proposals must be neighborhood-based projects designed with neighborhood representation to strengthen Saint Paul neighborhoods and address perceived and actual 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 eligible 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.

Neighborhood STAR Board Members
Ward 1 - Jeremiah Ellis, Brooke Hanson & Robin Hickman
Ward 2 - Rachel Gillespie, Jim Stahlmann & Elizabeth Wefel (Vice Chair)
Ward 3 - Michael DeCourcy, Jr. & Charlie Vander Aarde
Ward 4 - Jon Schumacher & John Curry
Ward 5 - Kerry Antrim (Chair), Anna Hover & Marny Xiong
Ward 6 - Marjorie Ebensteiner, Ray Hess & Robin Madson
Ward 7 - Randy Asunma, Alex Bajwa & Amin Omar

2015 Schedule
February 11 - Orientation Workshop
March 25 - Applications due by 4 p.m.
May 13 & 14 - Public Hearing and Applicant Interviews
June 2015 - Recommendations forwarded to Mayor and City Council

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