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Finalists named in Green Line Challenge to improve St. Paul neighborhoods

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An urban farm, a community BBQ area, parklets, expanded Wi-Fi coverage and public art projects are just some of the proposed projects up for funding through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in an effort to further community development along the Green Line light rail in St. Paul.

On Tuesday, the foundation announced it narrowed down the 579 project proposals to 48 finalists who are in the running for funding through the Knight Foundation's Green Line Challenge, overseen by the St. Paul Foundation.

“Both the number and variety of applications we received in this first year of the challenge are a testament to the spirit and creativity of our community,” Polly Talen, Knight Foundation program director for St. Paul said in a news release. “The people of St. Paul are driven to making their city even more vibrant and the applications reflected this commitment.”

The challenge will fund $1.5 million in winning projects over the next three years, according to a news release. Many of the winning projects are focused on arts and culture, promoting transit, sustainability and green space, according to Finance & Commerce.

Click here for a full list of finalists. This year's winners will be announced in October.

The competition takes place annually, with winners able to receive up to $500,000 to fund their proposal. The challenge is open to any individual, nonprofit, business or public entity as long as it takes place in or benefits at least one of the six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line.

Information to submit a proposal for the 2015 Green Line Challenge hasn't been released at this time, but will be announced here.

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