A bold, new initiative in support of Greater Houston BIPOC arts

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 welcomed 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.

The application closed on October 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. CST.

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.

Application Timeframe

Opened September 21, 2021 
Closed October 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. CST

This first round of funding, totaling $2 million, will be awarded by December 2021.


Get more information about BANF and our grant opportunity by exploring the resources below.


Sixto Wagan
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.


Steering Committee

Patra Brannon-Isaac
Director of Education and Community Projects
Kinder Foundation

Bao-Long Chu
Senior Program Officer Houston Endowment

Tony Diaz
Writer, Activist
and Political Analyst

Adán Medrano,
Chef, Food Writer and Filmmaker

Deidre Thomas
Senior Advisor
Mattison Advisors

Frances Valdez
Executive Director
Houston In Action

Kheli Willetts
Dira Professional Development

Accountability and Advisory Council

Sebastien Boncy
Photographer and Educator

Janice Bond
Cultural Architect, Art Advisor, Interdisciplinary Artist

Candice D’Meza
Actor, Writer, Filmmaker and Multidisciplinary artist

Julie DeVries
Artist and Educator

Eureka Gilkey
Executive Director
Project Row Houses

Eleisha Nelson-Reed
Executive Director
Powell Foundation

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

Shayna Schlosberg
Arts Administrator and Community Organizer

Roberto Tejada
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, University of Houston

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