To Qualify

To qualify for submission in 2018, the applicant organization must:

  • Be based in, or has a permanent office in the city of Dallas.
    • MFA is not able to award grants to individual artists
  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and be specifically classified 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, 2017 - Mar 15, 2018) - or
    • Successfully executed an OCA funded program in the City's last fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2017) 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 2018 will not exceed $7,500

  • A multi-year request is acceptable, but the amount to be awarded in 2018 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