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 monthly unrestricted grants up to $2,000 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 Recipients
Check out our monthly Pop-Up Grant recipients by clicking the link below. Grant recipients will be added each month as they are announced.
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 closed nomination process, rather than an open-call application process. TACA has selected a group of 35 anonymous local volunteers to nominate arts organizations with programming that meets our funding criteria. Nominators include TACA board members, artists, arts managers and experts, and community leaders, and represent a broad range of artistic/cultural viewpoints and racial/ethnic diversity. Nominations can only be made after a program/event takes place. Nominations are reviewed by the TACA Resiliency Committee that will ultimately recommend grant awards by the end of each month.
There is no formal application for a TACA Pop-Up Grant. Instead, arts organizations that meet the funding criteria may provide details about upcoming eligible programming for potential consideration via a short form. Submitted programs/events are 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.
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The TACA Resiliency Committee will recommend grant awards monthly based on nominations submitted by 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.
Review Period: July 1 to August 23
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, August 23
Grant Announcement: Friday, August 28
Review Period: August 24 to September 20
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, September 20
Grant Announcement: Friday, September 25
Review Period: September 21 to October 25
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, October 25
Grant Announcement: Friday, October 30
Review Period: October 26 to November 15
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, November 15
Grant Announcement: Friday, November 20
Review Period: November 16 to December 13
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, December 13
Grant Announcement: Friday, December 18
Review Period: December 14 to January 24
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, January 24
Grant Announcement: Friday, January 29
Review Period: January 25 to February 21
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, February 21
Grant Announcement: Friday, February 26
Review Period: February 22 to March 21
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, March 21
Grant Announcement: Friday, March 26
Review Period: March 22 to April 25
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, April 25
Grant Announcement: Friday, April 30
Review period: April 26 to May 23
Nomination Deadline: Sunday, May 23
Grant Announcement: Friday, May 28
Can my organization submit more than one program via the Program/Event Submission Form?
Yes. Eligible organizations can submit as many programs as they would like if they believe that the programs meet TACA’s Funding Criteria.
Can my organization receive more than one Pop-Up Grant?
Yes. An organization can receive a Pop-Up Grant for any unique program that is nominated and selected by the Resiliency Committee. We will not fund the same program with multiple Pop-Up Grants.
My organization has a program that spans over the course of several months–it’s not a one-time event. Is this type of program eligible to be considered?
Yes. Both short-term and longer-term programs are eligible to be considered for Pop-Up Grants.
How many grants does TACA plan to give each month?
There is no grant quota for each month. Generally, TACA is looking to fund about two organizations each month with grants up to $2,000 per organization.
Can my organization receive a Pop-Up Grant for a program/event before it actually takes place?
No. Since Pop-Up Grants are intended to celebrate and reward organizations for programming that demonstrates exceptional quality, creativity & innovation, and accessibility & inclusion, we will only fund a program/event after it has taken place and has been evaluated along these criteria. To ensure that our anonymous nominators know about your event, please make sure to submit via the Program/Event Submission Form.
If you have any questions regarding Pop-Up Grants, please email Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.