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Businesses to Upgrade or Purchase Property in Eligible Areas

Cultural STAR Capital Project Program

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Local

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City of Saint Paul

Conf. Date:

09/15/22

Deadline Date:

09/23/22 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants and loans to Minnesota arts nonprofit organizations, public and government entities, and businesses in eligible locations for upgrading or purchasing physical property. Funding is intended to support capital projects that develop and improve cultural facilities, attract audiences and build the capacity of artists and cultural organizations. 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.

The Cultural STAR Capital Project program provides loans and grants to purchase or upgrade physical assets such as buildings and equipment. Such activities must have the potential for significant or long-term impact and the expenditures must be depreciable. 

All capital improvement projects must have site control. This may take the form of a long-term lease (seven years or more) or ownership of the property where the project will be completed. Requests for public capital improvements that are defined by City policy as "above standard" will require a legally binding and enforceable plan for maintenance and/or operation over the useful life of the improvements.

Up to 20% of Cultural STAR funds may be used for direct project costs that specifically pertain to the execution of the capital project, sometimes referred to as “soft costs.” Examples include building permits; design fees; engineering, soil testing, environmental, legal, financing, licensing, and inspection fees; developers’ fees; acquisition and demolition costs; utility relocation and construction; construction costs including loan and interest fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173719

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $5,000. There is no maximum request for Capital Project Loans and Grants.

Term of Contract:

- Earliest Project Start Date: August 1, 2022
- Latest Project End Date: July 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant groups must be one of the following:
- Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are located within the City of Saint Paul
- Any public, private or nonprofit entities that are located within the City of Saint Paul
- City departments or divisions are eligible when applying in partnership with 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.

Capital Project Loans and Grants cannot fund organizational development or special projects expenses.

Ineligible:
- Churches and religious organizations
- Political parties and related political action groups
- Federal, state, and county agencies and departments
- Organizations 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 August 1, 2022, or after the eligible project end date of July 31, 2023 for Round One applications, and prior to January 1, 2023 or after December 31, 2023 for Round Two applications
- 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:

Four information sessions will be held during the 2022 Round Two application cycle:

- Wednesday, September 7, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. – Virtual - link to join: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MTBiMGM2NWMtMDViNy00NmRkLWE1NjYtNTQ0NDNlNmZjYTBi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%222461063f-b9e8-439b-84f7-9fd0776b7b5a%22%7d

- Thursday, September 8, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Rice Street Library (1011 Rice Street)

- Tuesday, September 13, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Central Library (90 W 4th Street) - Otto Bremer Community Room (1st floor)

- Thursday, September 15, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Virtual - link to join: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjhkODQ3ZmQtZDlkZC00OWQ1LTg5YTUtMGEyMzExMmVmYWIx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d9bfe9e6-24d5-4443-9714-546881ac69d5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%222461063f-b9e8-439b-84f7-9fd0776b7b5a%22%7d

Pre-Application Information:

Round One:
- Application period begins: Tuesday, March 22
- Application deadline: Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m.
- Applicant interviews: June 2022 (schedule and location TBD)
- Eligible project dates: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023

Round Two:
- Application period begins: Friday, July 15
- Application deadline: Friday, September 23 at 4 p.m.
- Applicant Interviews: October 2022 (schedule and location TBD)
- Eligible project dates: January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Cultural STAR funds must be matched dollar for dollar. This is considered a minimum match, with preference given to projects that exceed this requirement. For additional information see the Guidelines link, below.

The entire review process usually takes about three months from the application deadline to the signing of the resolution by the Mayor, but may take longer.

Saint Paul-based nonprofit arts and cultural organizations located outside of the Cultural District may apply twice per round and may receive funding up to two times per calendar year – once for projects taking place outside of the Cultural District and once for projects taking place in the Cultural District.

Guidelines: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-and-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-5

Information session recording: https://youtu.be/3tr62uSGCls

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/CulturalSTAR_2022_Round1

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 defined as the geographic area bordered by Interstate 94 to the north, the Lafayette Bridge to the east, Harriet and Raspberry Islands 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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