Seeding Cultural Treasures

Seeding Cultural Treasures is an initiative to nourish and cultivate the landscape of emerging arts and culture organizations run by and for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). This initiative provides unrestricted general operating grants and technical assistance support and learning opportunities through 2025 for emerging BIPOC-led-and-serving arts and culture organizations. Unrestricted grants and engagement in the program are essential to building trusting relationships. Propel will provide technical assistance to grantees in financial administration and other nonprofit finance, strategy, and governance areas, and there will be peer-to-peer learning opportunities and optional workshops.

An initial round of unrestricted general operating grants were distributed to 501(c)(3) and fiscally sponsored organizations, and/or units of the 11 tribal governments in Minnesota, in 2022 (see information about our 2022 grantees here). In partnership with First Peoples Fund and The Waterers, 12 organizations and 56 individual artists and culture bearers in North and South Dakota have also received unrestricted general operating grants and access to trainings, convenings, and technical assistance through 2025.

A funding round for Minnesota organizations closed on August 24, 2023. This round of the SCT initiative is providing funds and technical assistance for arts and culture organizations that have 501(c)(3) status, are fiscally sponsored, and/or are units of tribal government in Minnesota and/or the 11 Tribal Nations within its border AND are located in and serving Greater Minnesota communities (outside of the 7-County Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro geographic area). We are aiming to widen the reach of the SCT program to arts and culture organizations serving Greater Minnesota, and this focused Request for Proposals (RFP) will help us achieve that goal.

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Seeding Cultural Treasures Grant Program

2023 Request for Proposals

Applications for this round of funding closed on August 24, 2023.

Seeding Cultural Treasures RFP

FAQ & Glossary

Review common questions and terms that will help you fill out your application.

Seeding Cultural Treasures FAQ & Glossary

2022 Grantees

Learn more about the 2022 Seeding Cultural Treasures Grantee Cohort.

Seeding Cultural Treasures 2022 Grantees

SCT Design Team & Selection Committee