The city of St. Paul has announced the opening of a grant application procedure for tourism-related companies who were struck hard by the pandemic’s lack of foot traffic.
Seven people sought for a piece of the $4.5 million in relief funds made available by the federal American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. All seven applications received varied levels of grant funds from the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday.
“Tourism is a fundamental driver of our local economy and has been one of the industries most profoundly affected by COVID-19,” said Nicolle Goodman, director of the department of Planning and Economic Development, noting that each applicant was able to show that their normal operations draw visitors to the city.
The St. Paul RiverCentre Convention and Visitor’s Authority will receive $1.5 million from Visit St. Paul Paul. The Keg and Case Market, which is operated by Schmidt Keg House Holding, will get $1.2 million.
A $1 million grant will be given to the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The Minnesota Science Museum will get $500,000. A grant of $200,000 will be given to the Minnesota Museum of American Art. A grant of $40,000 will be given to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The Cathedral Heritage Foundation, a non-profit historic preservation and arts group committed to the Cathedral’s preservation, will be awarded $37,000.
The city will get $166 million in federal ARPA funds in total. The first installment of $83 million was delivered in May 2021.