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Programs at CURA

CURA currently supports more than a dozen programs that sponsor research projects related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota. Each program has a specific focus, as well as its own eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines. Choose a link below for more information about a particular program and the funding opportunities or other assistance available.

Program Description
Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI)

CURA’s Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists working in communities of color and/or low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that the arts and artists play in community revitalization efforts and are intended to support the involvement of artists as key actors and leaders of community building and development. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build more equitable communities in the Twin Cities.

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.

Community Visualization

Community Visualization


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

CURA Dissertation Research Grant

This CURA program has been discontinued.

CURA Housing Forum

A monthly brown-bag discussion of housing issues and research in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that is free and open to the public.


CURA:Tech - a civic technology incubator.

Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP)

Competitive program that supports interactive public policy research between University of Minnesota faculty and community organizations or government agencies in Minnesota.

Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

Endowed chair that supports the work of a University of Minnesota faculty member on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota.

Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP)

An initiative to make the connection between the state’s premier research institution and largest county more strategic, including collaboration on important community-based research, sharing of academic and practitioner expertise, and providing students with field experience.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

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

Minnesota Prison Doula Project

The Minnesota Prison Doula Project provides individualized support for expectant incarcerated mothers along with a mothering group facilitated by trained doulas, providing support during birth along with the education and skills they need to be stronger, more connected mothers. 

Neighborhood Partnership Initiative


Resilient Communities Project (RCP)

The Resilient Communities Project builds community-university partnerships for sustainability by working with one city partner per year to facilitate faculty-supervised course-based projects that meet city-identified sustainability needs.

University Metropolitan Consortium (UMC)

Links the centers, programs, faculty, and staff at the University engaged in teaching, research, and outreach concerned with understanding metropolitan change and development.