CURA: Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposal

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Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

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.

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 community, as shown by the relationship of that community to the project’s development process and to the project’s focus.
  • The request for proposals is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists.
  • Proposals will be accepted between January 1 and January 30 2016.
  • CURA staff, with support from outside artists, will make final decisions in February 2016.
  • In 2016 we have a total of $50,000 in grant dollars, with maximum grant awards of $25,000/project.

Selection Criteria

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

  1. Project is located in communities of color and/or low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul or the surrounding suburbs.
  2. Projects are artist led, with connection and accountability to a clearly defined constituency.
  3. Art, art making and artists are at the center of the project.
  4. Majority of funding must go directly to the artist(s).
  5. These funds are designated for one-time project support.
  6. Project is collaborative, between one or more partners.
  7. Proposal has identified clear outcomes or results and a specific work plan to achieve and evaluate them.
  8. Project connects with broader community development issues and goals.


  1. Applications are accepted between January 1, 2016 and January 30, 2016.
  2. Final decisions will be made by February 29, 2016.


For any questions pleasecontact CURA staff.

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