Organizations and agencies serve neighborhoods best when community representatives are part of their leadership and decision-making.

The Charles R. Krusell Fellowship is designed to increase the number of highly trained community development professionals from communities of color and to provide hands-on work experience to ensure students are prepared to meet the challenges of the evolving community development field.

Krusell Fellows receive full tuition support and graduate research assistantships with community development or planning agencies. The program is a partnership between CURA and the…


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 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.

The goal of the program is to identify and support compelling projects that artists have developed in response to their…


The Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) makes technical assistance and small grants of up to $10,000 available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. NPI supports community-based partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social and economic disparities.

The goals of the program are to support place-based community organizing and community building partnerships that creates impact in the following areas:  

  • We are again sharing a statement from CURA Director Ed Goetz on the murder of George Floyd at the top of this message. The fundamental issues of justice that Mr. Floyd’s murder surfaces for our community and for the entire nation dominate our conversations about what is next for CURA. 

    Following that statement, we share a message about CURA’s work in a COVID-19 world.

    Statement from the Director of CURA

    Our community witnesses again the violence of police brutality ending in the death of a Black man. It is well past the time for people in power, those who can impose…

    The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) are excited to announce the recipients of the Housing Stability Grants. The grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations working with BIPOC communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities to build power and advance systems and policy changes to gain access to safe, healthy, affordable, and reliable housing. 

    Housing Stability Grants recipients

    Lead Organization: Community Stabilization Project
    Partner…


    Kaysone, Sunny and Sophea live in and/or have roots in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and North Minnepolis, where some of Minnesota's largest populations of South East Asians (SEA) live. The team will focus on engaging community members to explore the feeling of being stuck between two worlds - neither here nor there - and highlight the narratives of the diaspora voice and whether a sense of belonging can be found in their neighborhoods.

    The artist team will engage communities in telling their stories through outreach of interviews, conversations, and gatherings. The project will conclude with a street theatre performance with the artist team and community members in…


    The West Side of Saint Paul is a community that was able to create itself in its place, integrating and feeding the social, economical and cultural dynamics with new practices. And within that evolution the people have not lost their identity matrix. This identity is also a multicolored mosaic of identities of diverse regions of Central and South America that add and juxtapose each other to create the new reality of Saint Paul. In the face of anti-immigration policies of the present administration that attack basic humanitarian principles and break the community, the immigrant and the native communities of Saint Paul make efforts to transform their reality into a more positive…


    The Frogtown and Rondo communities have two of the most well established identities in the City of Saint Paul. In the words of the artists, "We are known for being a largely working class, scrappy, artistic, incredibly diverse bunch of humans who have roots all over the planet. We brought the history, stories, tastes and smells to the heart of St. Paul to be shared, explored, and celebrated."

    The story of these neighboring communities – two communities divided first by freeway, then by arbitrary district designation, and finally by train, is a story that must be told and preserved. Mychal and Tou Saiko will be creating a colorful, music - poetry - and dance-centered,…

    The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) recently announced a new grant to advance housing stability in the Twin Cities. The Housing Stability Grants will fund organizations that support systems/policy change, community engagement and organizing efforts with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities. Grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to partner with…

    Too many people in the Twin Cities region do not have access to safe, healthy, affordable, and reliable housing. In particular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities face barriers to this critical resources. Market conditions have shown that the housing market does not work for most low-income people, so solutions may require questioning long held assumptions, creating innovative solutions, and attempting new ideas to address housing stability.

    To address these challenges and identify solutions, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the …