Current Calls

The call for 2020 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative projects is open. Applications are due December 22, 2019.

See below for ANPI program guidelines, info session details, and application instructions.

PDF icon View/download this information as a pdf (pdf includes additional Frequently Asked Questions).

Program Goals

The goals of the program are 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 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 community 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 two or more artists, or an artist and an organization/business, 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 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 around the end of April 2020.

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.
  • 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, 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.


  1. Applications are accepted until 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 22, 2019.
  2. 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 from Monday, November 18 from 3-6 pm. We will give a short presentation with an overview of ANPI goals and guidelines at 3:30-4 pm, and then again at 5-5:30 pm. Feel free to drop in to ask questions and for one-to-one/small group discussion throughout the afternoon. 

The information session will be held at CURA - room 330 in the Humphrey School (301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis). Parking validation is available for the 19th Ave and 21st Ave ramps, and two single-ride coupons are available for transit users.

To Apply

The application questions and components are available in the PDF icon downloadable pdf here, or in an File editable Word document here. You are welcome to use whatever budget format you prefer; if you'd like a sample to work from, an File editable Excel document is available here.

To apply:

  • save your proposal (cover sheet information, narrative and additional items) as a pdf
  • email or share it with

If you need the application materials in a different format or have trouble accessing them, please contact Kristen Murray, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs ( or 612-625-7560).