New Green Line Challenge offers funding for best ideas to improve St. Paul neighborhoods near light rail

A new Green Line Challenge is under way, with the Knight Foundation again seeking ideas to improve areas near the light rail line in St. Paul.

Applications can be made through July 10 to compete for the pool of $500,000 that will help fund the winning ideas. This year, ideas must benefit one of  six city neighborhoods along the light rail route:

  • Downtown St. Paul
  • Frogtown/Thomas-Dale
  • Hamline Midway
  • St. Anthony Park
  • Summit-University
  • Union Park

And they want the projects to incorporate the rail line and create impact to:

  • Excite current residents and attracting newcomers to the Central Corridor
  • Expand economic opportunity and breaking down divides
  • Strengthen the culture of civic engagement

The competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, businesses and governments. Two meetings are set to explain the competition and answer questions:

Thursday, June 11
5:30-7:00 p.m.
High School for Recording Arts
1166 University Avenue West, St Paul

Friday, June 12
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Black Dog Cafe
308 East Prince Street, St Paul

The Challenge is sponsored by Knight Foundation and managed by The Saint Paul Foundation.

There were 16 winners of last year’s challenge.

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