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CURA programs for community-initiated projects

The programs below support projects proposed or initiated by nonprofit groups, neighborhood organizations, and other community-based groups in Minnesota. The type of support available varies by program, and each program has its own eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Program Description
Charles R. Krusell Fellowship in Community Development

Provides fellowship and internship opportunities for disadvantaged or underrepresented students at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs who have a career interest in housing and community development issues.

Community Assistantship Program (CAP)

Provides applied research assistance to community organizations, citizen groups, and government agencies in Greater Minnesota.

Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS)

Provides GIS data access, technical assistance, and educational and training opportunities to neighborhood groups, community organizations, and local government agencies in Minnesota.


Communiversity has been merged with the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program.


CURA:Tech - a civic technology incubator.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

Provides research assistance for: community and neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and ommunity organizations and government agencies in Twin-Cities metro area suburbs.

Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO)

Provides training for organizers and staff at neighborhood and community organizations in the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.

Neighborhood Partnership Initiative and Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative