The BANF will award $2 million across BIPOC communities in Houston to further support their traditions, art, and community-building initiatives.
The Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Arts Network and Fund, or BANF, has announced it will award $2 million in grants for communities of color within nine counties in the Greater Houston region. BIPOC-founded and led nonprofits with arts programming and artist collective are encouraged to apply to the new initiative offering grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
BIPOC Arts Network & Fund is open to eligible organizations and fiscally-sponsored collectives in Greater Houston’s Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and other communities of color, and is BANF’s first round of funding set to be awarded by the end of 2021. Eligible applicants from counties including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller are encouraged to apply to BANF as part of its current $12.4 million initiative that looks to provide funding over five years to BIPOC arts communities.
BANF was created as an effort to lend resources and networks that work to support the vibrant Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and other communities of color in Greater Houston. In doing so, these communities are able to showcase their power, values, and traditions, and through grant funding provide advocacy and community-building networking initiatives to advance their respective goals.
“This historic first round of funding is the beginning of a new story and a new way of how we recognize BIPOC arts communities in Greater Houston,” Sixto Wagan, project director, BANF said in a press release.
“Our BIPOC arts communities have demonstrated decades of leadership with work that has shaped this country’s culture and history despite being excluded from resources, funding streams, recognition, and representation. In the face of that, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern arts organizations and artists have thrived through systemic oppression and still stand in their power contributing as they always to this country’s arts and culture narrative.”
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