2021 CEZ Neighborhood STAR Grant and Loan Program: Now Accepting Applications

Posted on January 7, 2021 - 2:59pm

The Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ), in partnership with the City of Saint Paul, is now accepting applications to the 2021 CEZ Neighborhood STAR Program. Applications can be submitted now through February 12, 2021.

The purpose of this program is to provide grants and loans for capital improvements to small businesses, nonprofits, and/or commercial properties located in the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ). 

Program grants and loans can be used for exterior or interior capital improvements including:

  • Exterior building improvements (examples: more energy efficient windows, signage, murals, art, tuck-pointing, paint, architectural lighting, pedestrian lighting, awnings, graffiti-proofing, landscaping)
  • Improvements related to COVID-19 (improvements must be permanent. Examples: new patio, upgrade to HVAC, take-out window, permanently affixed equipment)
  • Interior improvements (display windows, lighting, flooring, build-outs)

Available Funding:

Grants: Up to $10,000 per project ($60,000 in funds available. Match required.)

Loans: Minimum of $10,000 and maximum of $50,000 per project ($100,000 in funds available at 2 percent, and up to 15-year amortization. Match required). 

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this first round of funding is Friday, February 12, 2021 by 3:00 pm CST. Applications will be accepted online via this Google form.

To find the full program guidelines, and to download a project budget template and Statement of Understanding form, visit the CEZ website here: https://creativeenterprisezone.org/resources.

Have questions? Or would like to discuss your specific project? Contact Angela Casselton at director[at]creativeenterprisezone[dot]org or reach out by phone at 612.205.7915. We are happy to assist!

The CEZ Neighborhood Star Program is funded by the City of Saint Paul Neighborhood Star Program and administered by the Creative Enterprise Zone.