CURA’s Artist 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 the work of fostering neighborhood wellbeing, and are intended to support the leadership of artists in these 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 deadline to apply is Sunday, April 2, 2023

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to identify and support compelling projects that support neighborhood wellbeing 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 and the project’s development process and focus. These are some of the strategies that projects might use to achieve the program goal:

  • Strengthening a community’s identity, voice and/or connection to each other and their history, focused in a place where that community lives or has strong ties
  • Demystifying or reimagining a public policy issue that is significant to the neighborhood, place, or community the art is centered in
  • Public-facing, narrative-shaping work that tells a more just story and challenges the dominant narrative about an issue facing a neighborhood, place, or community

We also intend ANPI grant funding to create opportunities for artists of color and Native artists to develop their own voice, craft, body of work, and relationships, and encourage applying artists to also think about their projects in this frame.

Program Requirements & Additional Information

  • The request for proposals is open to individual artists of color and Native artists, or artist teams led by an artist of color or Native artist.
  • The project is rooted in a specific geographic area, and there is a strong relationship between the place, the people who have connections there, and the art-making. We recognize that colonialism and white supremacy have disconnected people from place and that cultural communities may be dispersed, and we invite artists to draw the connections between the issue or opportunity, the community, the particular place where the project will happen, and the project itself.
  • There is a partnership component to realizing the project. This could be between an artist and an organization or business, or two or more artists working together, or some combination. Organizations may not apply, although they may partner with an artist or artist team who is leading the project.
  • We have a total of $45,000 in grant dollars for 2023, with maximum grant awards of $15,000/project.
  • These funds are designated for one-time project support, and must be spent within one year. We estimate that selected projects will receive funds in June 2023.


  • Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 2, 2023.
  • Final decisions will be made by the end of May 2023

Questions and Info Sessions

For any questions please contact CURA staff:

Two information sessions will be held in Zoom on Tuesday, March 7, 5-6 pm and Friday, March 10, noon-1 pm.

Meeting ID: 527 770 1103


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Each info session is identical and will include a short, informal presentation with an overview of ANPI goals and guidelines, and then offer time for ask questions.