More than $2.3 million in grant funding is being invested into 41 local capital improvement projects thanks to the City of St. Paul’s Neighborhood STAR program.
A mayoral-appointed board of up to 21 members – three from each of St. Paul’s seven wards – reviewed applications and made funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council prior to approval at the December 13 council meeting.
This year’s Neighborhood STAR awards will leverage over $3 million in additional capital investment in St. Paul, and will largely support small businesses or organizations, identified as having less than $1 million in annual revenue and/or fewer than 20 employees. Two-thirds of this year’s grants were awarded to organizations led or owned by minorities and over half owned or led by women.
For more than 25 years, the Neighborhood STAR program has used a portion of a half-cent sales tax for capital improvements in St. Paul via an annual competitive grant round. This funding was authorized by the Minnesota State Legislature in May of 1993, and the St. Paul City Council officially established the STAR program in 1994, which includes support for both the Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR programs, which provides funding for arts and culture programs in St. Paul.
For the list of recipient, and to learn more, visit stpaul.gov/departments/planning-and-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-0