TACA Resiliency Grants are the cornerstone 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. TACA Resiliency Grants are unrestricted grants created to support Dallas arts organizations who are demonstrating resiliency in their ability to creatively fulfill their mission in the current COVID-19 landscape.
Resiliency Grants are replacing this year’s traditional Arts General Operating (AGO) Grant program, TACA Artist Residency Fund, and TACA New Works Fund. Please read our TACA COVID-19 Grants FAQ learn more about these and other temporary changes to our grantmaking programs due to the pandemic.
Resiliency Grant Guidelines & Application
For more information about Resiliency Grants, please review the Grant Guidelines in the sections below or download a PDF version by clicking the button below.
To access the Resiliency Grant application, please click the button below.
Due to the limited funding that may be available through Resiliency Grants, eligibility to apply is limited to organizations that were funded by TACA through the Arts General Operating (AGO) Grant program in 2018, 2019 or 2020. For a list of eligible applicants, click here. Eligible applicants must be actively creating or presenting mission-related programming though live, virtual, or other mediums to be considered for funding. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, please contact Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at email@example.com.
Eligible applicants are not guaranteed funding and will be evaluated according to the Review Criteria outlined below.
If your organization is not eligible for Resiliency Grants but is offering creative programming for the Dallas community, we encourage you to learn more about TACA Pop-Up Grants.
Applicants can complete an application for funding over three different grant distribution cycles. The first application – available in September 2020 – will determine the grant distributions for October 2020. The second application – available by January 2021 – will determine the grant distributions for February 2021. The third application – available by May 2021 – will determine grant distributions for June 2021. For a more detailed schedule, please see the Key Dates section below. Applicants can apply for each grant distribution.
Applications will be reviewed and scored individually by the TACA Resiliency Committee. The Resiliency Committee is a group of local reviewers comprised of TACA board members, artists, and community leaders, intentionally created to represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints and racial/ethnic diversity.
Resiliency Committee scores will be based on the Review Criteria – Mission Delivery, Community Relevance, and Organizational Adaptability – outlined in detail below. The average aggregate scores for each organization will be used as the final scores upon which grant awards are determined.
Mission Delivery (score weighted at 50%)
To what extent does the applicant organization:
- demonstrate a commitment to continuing artistic and other mission-related programs/activities, including outreach and/or educational programming?
- use available resources to effectively produce quality content?
- demonstrate innovation and creativity in how it delivers its mission?
Community Relevance (score weighted at 25%)
To what extent does the applicant organization:
- program in a way that is responsive to the current environment?
- intentionally engage the Dallas community, particularly historically underrepresented or marginalized communities (ALAANA – African, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Native-American, LGBTQ+, differently-abled)?
Organizational Adaptability (score weighted at 25%)
How has the applicant organization:
- made adjustments or implemented new initiatives/strategies to address its immediate financial and institutional obligations?
- addressed its short-term and long-term sustainability/viability?
- collaborated with other local organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic (if applicable)?
Grant awards in October 2020, February 2021 and June 2021 will be determined by the following:
- the applicant’s annual operating budget
- the applicant’s average aggregate score from the Resiliency Committee
- the total funds TACA has raised from the community to distribute
The completion of a grant application does not guarantee funding by TACA. Grant awards will be made via ACH Direct Deposit, unless a check is specifically requested.
Important dates for Resiliency Grants are listed below. More details will be provided as they are finalized.
September 1, 2020 – Application Available
September 30, 2020 – Deadline to Submit Application
Grant Notification by October 30, 2020
January 4, 2021 – Application Available
February 1, 2021 – Deadline to Submit Application
Grant Notification by February 26, 2021
May 2021 – Application Available (exact date TBD)
June 2021 – Deadline to Submit Application (exact date TBD)
Grant Notification by June 30, 2021
Can my organization apply for all three grant cycles?
Yes – eligible organizations may apply for each cycle.
Are Resiliency Grants project grants or general operating grants?
Resiliency Grants are unrestricted general operating grants.
Can my organization request a specific grant amount? How are grant amounts determined?
No – we do not have a space for you to request a specific grant amount. Rather, grant amounts will be determined through a tiered system that accounts for your organization’s average aggregate score, budget size, and the total amount of funds we have raised to distribute each cycle.
Will my organization receive any feedback after each grant cycle is complete?
Yes – our plan to is to distribute feedback/comments from our reviewers after each grant cycle.
Who reviews applications?
Grant applications are reviewed by the TACA Resiliency Committee – an evaluative body of individuals representing diversity in artistic expertise, age, ethnicity and gender. Committee members include:
Kymberlaine Banks – Business Engagement Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas
Matrice Ellis-Kirk – Managing Director, RSR Partners
Sheyna Ferraro – Community Programs Director, Texas Center for Arts + Academics
Veletta Forsythe Lill – Community Leader
Anne Marie Gan – Interim Business Operations Manager, City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture
Gus Hinojosa – Owner, HINOJOSA, Architecture & Interiors*
Sheilon King – Director Mobility Transformation, AT&T
Cam Kirkpatrick – Creative Resource Manager, Baylor Scott & White Health*
Tara Lewis – Chair, TACA Board of Directors*
Carol March – Vice Chair of Grants, TACA Board of Directors*
Jim Nugent – Vice Chair of Grants, TACA Board of Directors*
Nick Weege – Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management
Kurt Wolber – General Counsel & Risk Manager, Thackery Partners*
(*) Denotes TACA Board of Directors member
If you have any questions regarding Resiliency Grants, please email Greg Oertel, Programs & Marketing Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.