The BIPOC Arts Network and Fund recognizes that much of our BIPOC arts sector is built upon relationships. We are continuing to build on a history that was made possible because of the partnerships, collaborations, mentorships, and mutual support. We would not be successful if we did not work together. That network informs our processes and is reflected in this more participatory approach to grant allocations. We also value equity and transparency.

Panelists are asked to disclose all potential conflicts of interest, so that no panelist can unduly advocate for proposals from which they may benefit, or have a perceived benefit. 

A panelist will be considered to be “affiliated” with a grant applicant if they are related to that individual as a board member; an employee; a contractor; a featured artists, guest, or expert that is paid or unpaid; a fundraiser or public relations person, or; an independent contractor who has received fees or payments in the year preceding the filing of the affiliation statement and (a) has had and or is having a relationship of an intimate nature with the applicant or (b) will benefit directly from the grant applicant’s funding from BANF.

In the event of “affiliation” with an applicant, such person:

  • Will not participate in any aspect of the decision-making process in connection with any matter that involves the applicant directly, and
  • Will be required to leave the room before the discussion, scoring, or presentation of any matter relating to the application of that individual or organization, and
  • Will be forbidden from participating in any discussion or vote concerning the application at any open meeting.

as of 10/1/2022