Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color Arts Network & Fund (BANF). We are a is a multi-year initiative dedicated to providing resources that support the vibrant BIPOC arts community of Greater Houston in fully displaying their power, values and traditions. 

Through our initiative, we invest in and support arts organizations, collectives, individual artists and the communities they celebrate and serve. We focus on resource distribution opportunities, advocacy, and network building initiatives that build a thriving BIPOC arts ecosystem in Houston.

For previous grantees and current grant guidelines, please visit www.houstonbanf.org.

Cultural Treasure Accelerator 

The Cultural Treasure Accelerator (CTA) initiative aims to support BIPOC-led, BIPOC-serving arts and culture organizations by catalyzing their capacity for resilience and stability. CTA, through a one-time opportunity-fund grant and a peer network, builds a network of organizations that support their communities and Houston in celebrating, advocating for, and strengthening our communities of color. 

The grant supports projects or initiatives that accelerate the organization’s progress toward manifesting their vision and energizing their world building. Proposed projects can include visioning support, active research, pilot initiatives, or next-stage programming initiatives that support an organization to deepen their roots or grow their branches.

Eligibility Overview

Applicants must meet all of these eligibility criteria to be considered for support:

  • BIPOC History and Leadership
  • BIPOC Focus 
  • History of Community Impact 
  • BIPOC Cultural Legacies 
  • Arts & Culture and/or Arts Education Focus
  • 501c3 Entities and Tribal Communities, or           
  • Fiscally Sponsored projects that are actively pursuing 501c3 status within the next 3 years.
  • Dedicated leadership (paid or unpaid) and a support team to build long-term resiliency and success
  • Organization must be located and serve the 9-County Region of Greater Houston          

Find complete Guidelines here, including Eligibility guidelines.

Lineamientos de la Iniciativa y Planilla para la Solicitud.

BIPOC Arts Network & Fund