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Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

January 24, 2017
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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 who are 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 March 1, 2017.
  • CURA staff, with support from outside artists and arts leaders, will make final decisions in March 2017.
  • In 2017 we have a total of $50,000 in grant dollars, with maximum grant awards of $15,000/project.

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/artist team has connection and accountability to a clearly defined constituency.
  4. 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.
  5. Art and art-making are at the center of the project.
  6. Majority of funding must go directly to the artist(s).
  7. These funds are designated for one-time project support.


  1. Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on March 1, 2017.
  2. Final decisions will be made by March 31, 2017.


For any questions please contact CURA staff.