January 26, 2021


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, March 7, 2021.

Two information sessions will be held on zoom on Friday, Feb 12 (1-2 pm) and Tuesday, Feb 16 (5-6 pm). More details below.

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:

  • Public-facing, narrative-shaping work that tells a more just story about the people who live in a place and an issue they are facing
  • Problem-solving work, including developing new models or solutions that build neighborhood wellbeing
  • 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

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 $30,000 in grant dollars for 2021, 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 early/mid June 2021.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Project is located in communities of color, Native communities and/or low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul or the surrounding suburbs.
  • Projects are led by an artist of color or a Native artist, and there is a partnership component to the project.
  • The artist or artist team has connection and accountability to a clearly defined community and the project is strongly connected to a geographic place.
  • Art and art-making are at the center of the project.
  • Projects address the program goal and have a clear plan and partnerships identified to accomplish the project.
  • Majority of funding must go directly to the artist(s), to support the artmaking (their time, equipment and/or materials needed for the project, etc.).
  • Note: Projects with a focus on youth arts education and/or where the artist is primarily in the role of arts educator are funded only very rarely. We encourage you to look at other funding sources for projects of this type. In addition, while ANPI projects might include an artist's participation in an event or the artist team hosting a gathering/event/etc for the project, ANPI does not provide general funding for large events.


  1. Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
  2. Final decisions will be made by the end of April 2021.

Questions and Info Sessions

For any questions please contact CURA staff:

Two information sessions will be held on Zoom on Friday, Feb 12, 1-2 pm and Tuesday, Feb 16, 5-6 pm.

Meeting ID: 947 0672 3335
Zoom Link
One tap mobile: +16513728299,,94706723335#

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.

To Apply

To apply, save your proposal (cover sheet information, narrative and additional items) as a PDF and email or share it with anpi@umn.edu.