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Cultural STAR Program Special Projects and Organizational Development Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Groups, Organizations,
Businesses, and Individuals to Enhance Local Arts and Culture

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Saint Paul

Conf. Date:

05/03/21

Deadline Date:

05/14/21 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, groups, businesses, and individuals to promote arts and culture in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support operations and program development with the goal of enhancing regional economic growth and cultural vitality. Projects must be located within the City of Saint Paul; the majority of funds will be used for projects located within the targeted area known as the Cultural District of downtown Saint Paul.

The purpose of the Cultural STAR fund is to promote cultural vitality and economic growth, particularly in the downtown Cultural District, by strengthening the arts and culture community. Cultural STAR dollars are intended to:

  • Build and diversify audiences;
  • Promote a broad range of cultural offerings;
  • Produce a long-term impact; and
  • Leverage additional financial support.

Special Projects 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. Grant requests may include costs for artists and other personnel, postage, supplies, printing, travel, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project.  

Organizational Development Program: The Organizational Development program provides grants for projects designed to strengthen the management, administration, or operations of the recipient organization.  Such activities must 1) advance the mission of the group, and 2) have the potential for significant or long-term impact. The intent of the program is to challenge the organization, infuse new thinking, develop new systems, or strengthen existing systems to further the group’s growth and development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182839

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $5,000. The Cultural STAR Board is unlikely to recommended funding any proposal for more than $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Earliest Project Start Date: September 1, 2021
Latest Project End Date: December 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are located within the City of Saint Paul.
- Informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups, individuals, and one-time arts projects that have associated with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are located within the City of Saint Paul and will serve as a fiscal and contract sponsor, provided that: (1) 100% of the project takes place in the Cultural District; and (2) such nonprofit arts and cultural organization enter into a contract with the City of Saint Paul.
- Businesses in the Cultural District may apply for projects that enhance visitor enjoyment of the District.
- City departments or divisions are eligible when in partnership with, or supported by, an eligible organization.

At least 80% of Cultural STAR funds will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that are located within the targeted area known as the Cultural District of downtown Saint Paul. The remaining 20% of funds may be allocated to:
- For-profit businesses located in the Cultural District for projects that enhance visitor enjoyment of the Cultural District; or
- Nonprofit organizations located in Saint Paul but outside of the Cultural District.

Located in the Cultural District includes:
- An organization that is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State with an address that falls within the Cultural District; or
- An organization that owns property in the Cultural District for purposes directly related to its Cultural STAR project; or
- An organization has secured a lease or rental agreement within the Cultural District for the purposes directly related to its Cultural STAR project; or
- An organization has secured a permit or contract for the use of Public Venues in the Cultural District for the purpose directly related to its Cultural STAR Project.

Located in Saint Paul includes:
- An organization that is registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State with an address that falls within Saint Paul; or
- An organization that owns property in Saint Paul for purposes directly related to its Cultural STAR project; or
- An organization that has secured a lease or rental agreement within Saint Paul for the purposes directly related to its Cultural STAR project; or
- An organization has secured a permit or contract for the use of Public Venues in Saint Paul for the purpose directly related to its Cultural STAR Project.

Ineligible:
- Churches and religious organizations
- Political parties and related political action groups
- Federal, state, and county agencies and departments
- Organizations (other than those that have associated with informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups, individuals, and one-time arts projects, to serve as fiscal and contract sponsor as described in these Guidelines) that have received Organizational Development and/or Special Project grants in three consecutive grant cycles (calendar years).
- Organizations (other than those that have associated with informal and/or unincorporated arts-focused groups, individuals, and one-time arts projects, to serve as fiscal and contract sponsor as described in the Guidelines) that received funding in the first funding round of the calendar year.

What this program does not fund:
- Use of STAR funds to develop a STAR proposal or organize an entity to manage a STAR proposal
- Activities that have been completed prior to the eligible project start date of September 1, 2021, or after the eligible project end date of December 31, 2022
- General operating expenses.
- Payment for the applicants’ own labor for construction or improvements (may be used as a match)
- Refinancing existing debts.
- Major public improvement projects (e.g., street repaving, sewer work, recreation centers, etc.)
- Duplication of a current City program or facility.
- Projects located outside the city limits of Saint Paul.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Hour-long information sessions are being held:

11 a.m. on Wed. April 14
- Register for reminders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cultural-star-virtual-info-sessions-tickets-148853150781
- Join on your computer or mobile app: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_Y2Q3ZGNiNzgtZTVhZS00YzIzLWE4OTMtYzhhMWIyYWY2YzQx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22169f1194-5577-4485-b56c-7b1649c2eb4d%22%7d
- Audio only call in:
Phone number: 612-315-7905
Conference ID: 181 969 567#

5:30 p.m. on Tue. April 20
- Register for reminders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cultural-star-virtual-info-sessions-tickets-148853150781
- Join on your computer or mobile app: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZThlMTk1MjktOTkxYy00ZjFmLWJhZDktOTEwNmJjNmFkNDk3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22169f1194-5577-4485-b56c-7b1649c2eb4d%22%7d
- Audio only call in:
Phone number: 612-315-7905
Conference ID: 412 058 18#

1 p.m. on Thurs. April 29
- Register for reminders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cultural-star-virtual-info-sessions-tickets-148853150781
- Join on your computer or mobile app: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MDUwMjI4NGUtOGE1YS00NDZkLThmYTctMjE4ZjhkNzIzNTVk%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22169f1194-5577-4485-b56c-7b1649c2eb4d%22%7d
- Audio only call in:
Phone number: 612-315-7905
Conference ID: 323 854 959#

4 p.m. on Mon. May 3
- Register for reminders: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-cultural-star-virtual-info-sessions-tickets-148853150781
- Join on your computer or mobile app: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDYzNDU2MmItYjcxNi00OGIzLWIzZTMtZDlkMjRkNDRhZDlh%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22169f1194-5577-4485-b56c-7b1649c2eb4d%22%7d
- Audio only call in:
Phone number: 612-315-7905
Conference ID: 611 515 019#

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application Deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:00 PM
- Applicant Interviews: TBD
- Earliest project start date: September 1, 2021
- Latest project end date: December 31, 2021

This is the only funding round in 2021. There will not be another application round in 2021.

The request must be matched dollar for dollar.

- Cultural Star Organizational Development Guidelines: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-1-1-3

Cultural Star Special Project Guidelines: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-1-1-1

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/CulturalSTAR_2021

Direct questions to:
Nora Riemenschneider, Program Coordinator
Nora.riemenschneider@ci.stpaul.mn.us
651-266-6638

Nancy Vang, Project Management Technician
651-266-6474
nancy.vang@ci.stpaul.mn.us

City of Saint Paul
15 Kellogg Blvd. West
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Cultural District is 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. See map: https://www.stpaul.gov/sites/default/files/Media%20Root/Planning%20%26%20Economic%20Development/Downtown-Cultural-District-Map.pdf

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: City of Saint Paul, particularly the Cultural District

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