Grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives designed by and for communities of color.
BIPOC Arts Network and Fund, or BANF, was created to provide resources and networks that support the vibrant Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other communities of color of Greater Houston in fully displaying their power, values and traditions. Its goals are achieved through grant funding, advocacy, and community-building networking initiatives that revolutionize the local funding landscape, break down silos within the arts ecosystem, and welcome everyone to support and learn from BIPOC arts communities.
BANF is an independent initiative funded by the generous contributions of national and local foundations, including Houston Endowment, the Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Foundation, Kinder Foundation and The Powell Foundation.
BANF welcomes eligible applicants in Greater Houston’s Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and other communities of color to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
Applicants must be BIPOC-founded and led nonprofit organizations with arts and cultural programming, or fiscally-sponsored artist collectives who have a proven track record of work that benefits BIPOC communities.
Eligible applicants include those with an address in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery or Waller counties, and who serve one or more of these counties.
Please read the Grant Guidelines for complete eligibility requirements. Interested applicants are also encouraged to view the Resources section of this webpage for more information.
Get more information about BANF and our grant opportunity by exploring the resources below.
Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Arts Network and Fund
Sixto Wagan is the Project Director for the BIPOC Arts Network and Fund. He leads BANF along with a seven-member Steering Committee and a nine-member Accountability and Advisory Council made up of a diverse group of artists, curators, scholars, organizational leaders and foundation partners, who guide goals and priorities.
Before joining BANF, Wagan was the inaugural director for the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston. He also led the contemporary art center, DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including artistic director, co-executive director and performing arts curator.
Director of Education and Community Projects
Senior Program Officer Houston Endowment
and Political Analyst
Chef, Food Writer and Filmmaker
Houston In Action
Director of Professional
Mid-America Arts Alliance
Accountability and Advisory Council
Photographer and Educator
Cultural Architect, Art Advisor, Interdisciplinary Artist
Actor, Writer, Filmmaker and Multidisciplinary artist
Artist and Educator
Project Row Houses
Mari Carmen Ramirez,
Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Arts Administrator and Community Organizer
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, University of Houston