Arts General Operating Grant

Arts General Operating Grant

The Arts General Operating (AGO) 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>
Photo by Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal | Photo courtesy of 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

Grant eligibility and evaluative criteria are published annually. Applicant programs 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.

2020 Arts General Operating Grant Cycle – Closed

The 2020 Arts General Operating (AGO) Grant cycle is closed. The announcement and distribution of 2020 AGO Grants will occur at the end of March 2020.

2021 Arts General Operating Grant Cycle

Providing critical financial support to the local arts community has been the cornerstone of TACA’s mission since our founding in 1967. In order to ensure our sustainability and to continue this important work for years to come, the TACA board of directors unanimously approved to change our fiscal year end to May 31 (from December 31) starting in 2020.

This change in fiscal year will shift the timeline of the upcoming 2021 Arts General Operating (AGO) Grant cycle. Organizations interested in applying to the 2021 AGO Grant cycle must complete a digital Letter of Interest (LOI). The digital LOI will be available here in June 2020 along with updated Grant Guidelines. 

If you have any questions about our upcoming 2020-2021 AGO Grant cycle, please email Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at

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