TACA Pop-Up Grants are an important component of the TACA Resiliency Initiative – a focused effort to support and strengthen Dallas arts and cultural organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pop-Up Grants are small, monthly unrestricted grants intended to celebrate and reward local arts organizations for programming that demonstrates exceptional quality, creativity & innovation, and accessibility & inclusion. TACA will award merit-based funding more frequently to raise the visibility of artistic work happening in the community.
Please read our TACA COVID-19 Grants FAQ to learn more about temporary changes to our grantmaking programs due to the pandemic.
Pop-Up Grant Guidelines
For more information about Pop-Up Grants, please review the Grant Guidelines below. To download the Grant Guidelines as a PDF, click here.
Through Pop-Up Grants we are looking to fund nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations or fiscally-sponsored arts organizations based in Dallas County that are producing or presenting educational, community or artistic programming – live, virtually or using other mediums – that demonstrate exceptional quality, creativity & innovation, and accessibility & inclusion. Programming may include:
Programming that seeks to inform, educate or develop skills in a set of participants or viewers (examples include classes, workshops, etc.)
Programming that seeks to meet the needs of or provide a service to the broader community or a particular subset (examples include panel discussions, interviews/podcasts, etc.)
Programming that seeks to advance and fulfill an organization’s artistic mission and purpose (examples include virtual/indoor/outdoor performances or art installations/exhibits)
Pop-Up Grants will be determined through a nomination process, rather than an open-call application process. TACA will engage local nominators to recommend arts organizations with programming that meets our funding criteria. Nominations will be reviewed the TACA Resiliency Committee that will recommend grant awards. Nominators will include TACA board members, artists, arts managers and experts, and community leaders, and will represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints and racial/ethnic diversity. Nominators will be selected by TACA and participate anonymously.
Although there is no application process, arts organizations that meet the funding criteria may provide details about upcoming eligible programming for potential consideration via a submission form. Submitted programs/events will be reviewed for eligibility by TACA Staff and forwarded to Pop-up Grant nominators on a regular basis. Click the button below to submit a program/event for consideration. Please note: Submission of a program/event does not guarantee a nomination or a grant award.
The TACA Resiliency Committee will recommend grant awards monthly based on nominations submitted by the Pop-Up Grant nominators and their adherence to the funding criteria. Organizations who receive grant awards will be notified by the end of each month. Grant awards will be made via ACH Direct Deposit, unless a check is specifically requested.
Pop-Up Grants will be awarded by the end of each month beginning August 2020.
If you have any questions regarding Pop-Up Grants, please email Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.