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>
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

Grants are awarded annually in January/February. 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. For more information about our grant process, please review our Grant Guidelines.

2020 Arts General Operating Grant Cycle – Closed

TACA’s 2020 Arts General Operating Grant cycle is closed. Organizations interested in applying to the 2021 Arts General Operating Grant cycle must complete a digital Letter of Interest (LOI) by March 2, 2020. The digtial LOI will be available in November 2019.

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For quick reference, below is a summary of eligibility requirements for our 2020 Arts General Operating Grant Program. For more information, please download and review our Grant Guidelines above.

Eligibility Requirements:

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

  • be a performing or visual arts organization
  • have received its IRS 501(c)(3) designation as a public charity by March 1, 2018, 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
  • be deemed by TACA as eligible to apply after completion of the Pre-Application Process
  • provide year-round performing and/or visual art programming for a live, public audience
  • satisfy one of the following requirements (in addition to satisfying the above requirements):
    • A majority of the public arts programming (including free or low-cost educational programming) must take place within Dallas County*; OR
    • A majority of the organization’s patrons (including students) are residents of Dallas County
      *Touring outside of North Texas not included.

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
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Workshops, lectures, etc.
  • Catalogs
  • Re-granting initiatives
  • Research
  • Arts writing (publications)
  • Acquisitions
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Competitions


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