Funds For Artists

Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs has grant money for artists to burn

Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs has grant money for artists to burn

Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs has a new funding program for nonprofit cultural arts organizations and individual artists in all disciplines, in awards of $1,000 to $5,000.

The awards will be presented multiple times over the course of the year, through the Cultural Projects Program – Special Support Grants. Applications are available online and will be accepted through March 27 for the first round.

Interim director of cultural affairs David Fisher says that the city is excited about the opportunity to help artists and special projects. "It will help us bring fresh ideas, exciting emerging organizations and passionate new voices into our cultural ecosystem," he says.

Individual artists must be permanent residents of Dallas. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations must have their administrative offices within the city limits.

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Individual artists with at least three years of experience in their field
  • New works by emerging organizations with operating history of at least three years
  • Cultural organizations with budgets under $1,000,000 based on prior year's expenses

All projects must take place within Dallas city limits during the timeframe for each deadline. Artists and organizations must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Special Projects Grants Guidelines posted on the website. They must not be currently be receiving OCA funding through either the Cultural Organizations Program (COP) or Cultural Projects Program (CPP). That is a lot of initials.

The Office of Cultural Affairs provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of seven cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs, and WRR radio.

Dallas City Hall
The Office of Cultural Affairs wants to make Dallas more artsy, à la the Floating Sculpture in front of Dallas City Hall. Photo courtesy of Skeeze