Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program RFPs

CURA’s Artists Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists of color and Native artists working in neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that artists and the arts play in neighborhood revitalization efforts and are intended to support the leadership of artists in community revitalization efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.

We are now accepting proposals for one-year support of artist driven projects.

The goal of the program is to identify and support compelling projects that artists have developed in response to their community’s specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Projects must demonstrate a clear commitment to a neighborhood or place, as shown by the relationship between that place’s community to the project’s development process and focus.
  • The request for proposals is open to individual artists of color and Native artists, or artist teams.
  • Organizations may not apply, although they may partner with an artist or artist team who is leading the project.
  • Proposals will be accepted until November 5, 2017 (end of the day).
  • CURA staff, with support from outside artists and arts leaders, will make final decisions by early January 2018.
  • We have a total of $50,000 in grant dollars for 2018, with maximum grant awards of $15,000/project.

Info Sessions

Information sessions will be held on Monday, October 2, noon-1 pm and Tuesday, October 3, 5:30-6:30 pm. Both info sessions will be in the Humphrey School, Room 186 (301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis). Parking validation is available for the 19th Ave and 21st Ave ramps.

Information about past ANPI-funded projects can be found at the ANPI website:

Selection Criteria

We select grantees for the ANPI Program based on the following criteria:

  1. Project is located in communities of color, Native communities and/or low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul or the surrounding suburbs.
  2. Projects are led by an artist of color or a Native artist.
  3. The artist or artist team has connection and accountability to a clearly defined constituency.
  4. Art and art-making are at the center of the project.
  5. Majority of funding must go directly to the artist(s).
  6. Strong projects will have a plan to leverage the work to create a change in narrative, policy, knowledge or possibility. This could be through a number of strategies including partnerships with community organizers or place/issue-based organizations, strong communications plans, community exhibitions and events, etc.
  7. These funds are designated for one-time project support.


  1. Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
  2. Final decisions will be made by early January, 2018.


For any questions please contact CURA staff.

Save your proposal as a pdf and email or share it with

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s