+ Reset
Font Size

Arts General Operating Grant

Arts General Operating Grant Program

The Arts General Operating Grant Program is our largest granting program. It provides annual, unrestricted grants to nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations in Dallas County. Organizations can use this unrestricted funding as they see fit on an array of expenses, including program costs, salaries, administration, office expenses, technology or to meet other operational needs.

2018 TACA Arts General Operating Grant Recipient Cara Mia Theatre Company's production of <i>Where the Earth Meets the Sky</i>
2018 TACA Grant Recipient – Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Specifically, the Arts General Operating Grant Program is designed to:
  • foster artistic excellence
  • encourage innovation and originality
  • support and inspire local artists and local creation
  • increase accessibility to the arts for all citizens of Dallas County
  • reward financial and administrative stewardship

Grants are awarded annually in January. Grant eligibility and evaluative criteria are published annually. Applicant programs, performances and applications are reviewed and scored by external peer review panels, comprised of volunteer artists, arts administrators, arts advocates, business professionals, community volunteers, and others selected for their expertise and objectivity. Grant amounts are determined by a formula process taking into account an organization’s budget size and score, the number of applicants and the total amount of funds available for TACA to distribute.

Click below for a listing of all of our 2018 TACA Grant Recipients.

2018 TACA Grant Recipients

2019 Arts General Operating Grant Cycle

All interested applicant organizations for the upcoming 2019 Arts General Operating Grant cycle (grants to be awarded in January 2019) are required to submit a digital Letter of Interest (LOI) via the TACA Grants Portal, our digital grant application platform, by March 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CST). Before submitting an LOI, please review our grant guidelines and eligibility criteria below.

2019 Grant Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must:

  • be a performing or visual arts organization that otherwise satisfies TACA’s requirements
  • have received its IRS 501(c)(3) designation as a public charity by October 1, 2017, and such designation must remain current with the IRS
  • be able to submit clear financial reports to document its revenues and expenses for at least one full year prior to the application deadline
  • provide performing and/or visual art programming for a live, public audience with a majority of year-round programming taking place in Dallas County
  • be deemed by TACA as eligible to apply after completion of the Pre-Application Review process

TACA does not provide funding to the following institutions:

  • Colleges/Universities/High Schools/Elementary schools
  • Fiscally-sponsored organizations
  • For-profit arts institutions
  • Non-arts organizations with arts programming
Funding Restrictions:

TACA grant awards may not be used to fund the following:

  • Capital improvements, endowments, construction or real property
  • Debt retirement, deficiencies in previously completed projects
  • Cash prizes
  • Benefits and events planned primarily for fundraising purposes
  • Interest on loans, fines, penalties or costs of litigation
  • Direct funding to individual artists
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Workshops, lectures, etc.
  • Catalogs
  • Re-granting initiatives
  • Research
  • Arts writing (publications)
  • Acquisitions
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Competitions

How to Apply

To access the digital LOI, please click on the button below. If you are a new applicant, you will need to create an account before you can access the LOI.

Begin Your Letter of Interest 

If you have already started a LOI for the 2019 grant cycle, do not click on the button above. Doing so will start a new LOI. Access the LOI that you have already started by accessing your account in the TACA Grants Portal below.

 Access the TACA Grants Portal

If you have any questions regarding the Arts General Operating Grant Program, please contact Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at greg.oertel@taca-arts.org.

TACA Logos & Ads

Our TACA logo is provided in many different formats to assist our grant recipients and other organizations in acknowledging TACA support and collaboration in print and digital communications.

 TACA Logos & Ads