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Cultural STAR Program Special Projects Grant and Organizational Development Grant

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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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 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. It is unlikely that the Board will recommend funding any proposal for more than $50,000.

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.
- 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:
- 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:
- Activities located outside the City of Saint Paul
- Activities that have been delivered in the same way and for the same purpose on an ongoing basis
- 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
- Capital improvements or construction, purchase of real capital equipment or purchase of real property or endowments
- Activities that engage in political lobbying, serve the religious socialization of participants, or discriminate against persons or individuals
- Food or beverages
- Expenses related to insurance coverage

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 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.

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.

Cultural Star Organizational Development Guidelines: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-and-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-6

Cultural Star Special Project Guidelines: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-and-economic-development/economic-development/sales-tax-revitalization-star-10

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 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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