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ArtsActivate 2022 for Non-profit Organizations and Individual Artists in Texas (Round 3)


ArtsActivate is the project-based cultural support program through which the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture will contract for cultural services which establish a thriving cultural ecosystem that ensures all Dallas residents and visitors have an opportunity to experience the finest in arts and culture. OAC commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that help empower a just, inclusive, and equitable City.

Donor Name: City of Dallas

State: Texas

City: Dallas

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/20/2022

Size of the Grant: $15,000

Grant Duration: 6 Months


ArtsActivate is open for proposals from non-profit arts/cultural organizations, educational institutions, social services organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and other eligible non-profit organizations.

Program Goals

ArtsActivate 2022 proposals should be innovative projects that create active and ongoing engagement with people, neighborhoods, and communities in Dallas. They should celebrate the diversity, build community connections, and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture. Priority will be given to projects focusing on neighborhoods outside of the Urban Core.

  • Engage with the Dallas Cultural Plan 2018 and create programming to address its priorities and initiatives
  • Provide public benefit by enhancing and diversifying artistic and cultural experiences to the residents of the City of Dallas
  • Increase access and inclusivity in the experience of art and creativity for communities that have been historically underserved
  • Connect individuals from diverse cultures, ages, and economic means in an effort to strengthen communities and/or neighborhoods through the arts
  • Invest in historically underserved communities with artists or organizations rooted in that community to build individual capacity and economic viability

Funding Request Amounts

Applicants can apply for a maximum funding request based on its respective tier. The maximum funding requests are as follows:

  • Individual Artists: $7,500
  • Tier 1: $10,000
  • Tiers 2 and 3: $12,000
  • Tier 4: $15,000

ArtsActivate 2022 Funding Allocation

Eligible applicants may apply in any and all rounds of ArtsAcitvate 2022 but may only receive funding once through the program. No more than 20% of the total ArtsActivate 2022 available funding will be awarded to organizations with budgets of $1,000,000 or more.

Funding Period

April 1, 2022 – September 15, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

All Applicants

  • Applications must align with one of the ArtsActivate 2022 Program Goals
  • All proposed projects must be artistically or culturally focused
  • Proposed projects must not start before the respective round start dates
  • All proposed projects must be completed by September 15, 2022
  • Applicants who were at fault and/or failed to successfully complete a contract or contract extension during the City of Dallas fiscal year 2020-21 are not eligible to apply for project-based funding in FY 2021-22
    • Exceptions include applicants recommended for funding but forewent funding or cancelled active contracts with written OAC approval due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Any proposed project budget showing a surplus of 10% or more of City of Dallas requested funding or any proposed project budget showing a deficit will be subject to disqualification
  • Applicants must be willing and able to enter into a contract with the City of Dallas and meet the requirements associated with receiving funds from the City of Dallas
  • All proposed project or activities must occur within the city limits of Dallas. NOTE: Highland Park, University Park, and Cockrell Hill are NOT considered within the City limits of Dallas.
  • Applicants must obtain and maintain all necessary licenses, permits, insurance and other approvals required by law for the provision of services during the contract term
  • Pursuant to Dallas City Code 2-36, applicants that are indebted to the City or delinquent in any payment owed to the City of Dallas under a contract or other legal obligation are not eligible for this ArtsActivate 2022 Program

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity as provided by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and in good standing
  • Organizations must be in-compliance with local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination
  • Organizations must be authorized to transact business in the State of Texas
  • Organizations must submit with their application their most recently completed fiscal year’s IRS Form 990
  • Organizations must not be receiving $100,000 or more through the FY 2021-22 Cultural Organizations Program (COP) or receiving $100,000 or more in operating and maintenance support from the City of Dallas in FY 2021-22.
  • Organizations must have administrative offices permanently located in the City of Dallas. This does NOT include P.O. Boxes – organizations must have a physical office at a Dallas address
  • Organizations must have non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices
  • Comply with regulations pertaining to federal grant recipients including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988

Individual Artists

  • Individual artists must be a resident of the City of Dallas or maintain a permanent studio/workspace in the City of Dallas.
  • Proof or rental agreement or lease will be required at the time of application submission
    • If rental or lease term is less than 12 months, eligibility is subject to Director approval
  • Must obtain and maintain all necessary licenses, permits, insurance and other approvals required by law for the provision of services during the contract term

For more information, visit ArtsActivate 2022.

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