To Qualify

To qualify for submission in 2019, the applicant organization must:

  • Be based in, or have a permanent office in the city of Dallas

    • MFA is not able to award grants to individual artists nor to “fiscal sponsors”

  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and be classified specifically as a Public Charity in the Internal Revenue Code

  • Supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs:

    • Approved for OCA funding in the City's current fiscal year up to the MFA filing deadline (Oct. 1, 2018 - Mar 15, 2019) - or

    • Successfully executed an OCA funded program in the City's last fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018) including meeting OCA reporting requirements

  • Have an annual operating budget of less than $1 million

  • Be sustainable and demonstrate effectiveness and credibility

    • Organization should have a three-year history of providing relevant work and services (this does not mean the group has been a 501(c)(3) or OCA supported for three years)

Individual grant awards for 2019 will not exceed $7,500.

  • A multi-year request is acceptable, but the amount to be awarded in 2019 may not exceed this amount

  • Each group may only submit one request per annual award cycle

  • Previous MFA grant recipients are not eligible to file a new application if outcome reporting on the previous grant was not completed in a timely manner