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Emergency Arts Relief Fund

TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund

The TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund was created to provide short-term immediate relief to Dallas nonprofit arts organizations that experienced lost revenue or increased expenses due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Eligible organizations received awards of up to $10,000.


TACA accepted applications from performing and visual arts organizations in Dallas County that were directly impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Additional eligibility requirements included:

  • be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing or visual arts organization
  • have an annual operating budget of under $5 million
  • provide performing/visual art programming for a live, public audience as a core part of their mission. The majority of programming must take place in Dallas County.


Applications were reviewed by TACA staff and a small panel comprised of community volunteers and select members of TACA’s Board of Directors. Grant decisions were made based on financial need expressed in the application, the number of applicants, and the total funds available to distribute. Priority consideration was given to organizations with a current TACA Arts General Operating (AGO) Grant and organizations with a mission rooted in an explicitly identified ethnic, cultural, or marginalized voice.

Grant Timeline

Grants totaling $452,500 were awarded in two cycles – Cycle 1 Grantees were announced on May 1, 2020, and Cycle 2 Grantees were announced on May 29, 2020.

What’s Next?

TACA raised over $600,000 for its Emergency Arts Relief Fund. We know the arts community will need critical support in the coming months, so we are reserving the balance of funds as we identify ways TACA can provide assistance moving forward. More information will be available soon.

Cycle 1 Grantees

Allegro Guitar Society
American Baroque Opera Co.
Art House Dallas
Avant Chamber Ballet
Ballet Dallas
Ballet North Texas
Beckles Dancing Company
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Blue Candlelight Music Series
Bruce Wood Dance
Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Chamber Music International
Chamberlain Ballet
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Dallas Bach Society
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Center for Photography
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Contemporary
Echo Theatre
Fine Arts Chamber Players
IMPRINT Theatreworks
Irving Symphony Association
Junior Players
Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Lumedia Musicworks
Make Art with Purpose
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Prism Movement Theater
Repertory Company Theatre, Inc
Sammons Center for the Arts
Sunset Art Studios
Teatro Dallas
The Cedars Union
The Classics Theatre Project
The Dallas Winds
The Firehouse Theatre
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas
Turtle Creek Chorale
USA Film Festival
Uptown Players
Verdigris Ensemble
Voices of Change
WaterTower Theatre

Cycle 2 Grantees

African American Repertory Theater
American Baroque Opera Co.
Avant Chamber Ballet
Creative Arts Center of Dallas
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Contemporary
Deep Vellum Publishing
Garland Civic Theatre
Garland Symphony Orchestra
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Lone Star Circus Arts Center
Lone Star Wind Orchestra
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas
Oak Cliff Film Society
Orchestra of New Spain
Orpheus Chamber Singers
Plano Civic Chorus
Second Thought Theatre
Shakespeare Dallas
Soul Rep Theatre Company
Teatro Dallas
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Theatre Three
Turtle Creek Chorale
Undermain Theatre
Uptown Players
Verdigris Ensemble
Video Association of Dallas

Cycle 3 Grantees

AT&T Performing Arts Center
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Theater Center
Nasher Sculpture Center
Texas Ballet Theater
The Dallas Opera