RFP: Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program


The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

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.

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 neighborhood or place, as shown by the relationship between that place’s community to the project’s development process and focus.
  • The request for proposals is open to individual artists of color and Native artists, or artist teams.
  • Organizations may not apply, although they may partner with an artist or artist team who is leading the project.
  • Proposals will be accepted until December 22, 2019 (end of the day).
  • We have a total of $30,000 in grant dollars for 2020, with maximum grant awards of $15,000/project.
  • These funds are designated for one-time project support, and must be spent within one year. Funds will be disbursed in late April 2020.


Applications are accepted until the end of the day (11:59 pm) on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
Final decisions will be made in March 2020.

Questions and Info Sessions

For any questions please contact CURA staff. 

A drop-in style information session will be held on Monday, November 18 from 3-6 pm, at CURA - room 330 in the Humphrey School (301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis). The session will include a short presentation with an overview of ANPI goals and guidelines at 3:30-4 pm, and then again at 5-5:30. The rest of the time is open for individual/small group discussion and questions.

Parking validation is available for the 19th Ave and 21st Ave ramps or Metro Transit travel will be reimbursed with a Metro Transit voucher.

Information about past ANPI-funded projects can be found at the ANPI website: art.cura.umn.edu.

Find complete guidelines, additional information and the application instructions at art.cura.umn.edu/current-calls.

Opportunity Opens

Thursday, Oct 24th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Sunday, Dec 22nd 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists