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Moody Fund for the Arts Now Accepting Applications

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Grants Support Small Dallas Nonprofit Arts Organizations; Applications Will Be Accepted Until 3/13

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced that applications for Moody Fund for the Arts grants are now being accepted at until Friday, March 13, 2020 at noon. MFA was created to provide flexible grants to small Dallas arts groups that are supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. They must be nonprofit and have annual budgets of less than $1 million. In 2019, MFA awarded $175,000 in grants to 47 Dallas arts groups. This year, the amount that can be awarded to each group has been raised from $7,500 to $10,000.

Submissions will be reviewed through a two-tiered panel selection process which will include arts educators, administrators, advocates, philanthropists and a member of the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission. Grants will be announced in June 2020. Applicants can find information on categories and scoring, including a judging rubric and downloadable application, on the fund’s website.

MFA Grants may be awarded for:

  • Commissions of original works and artistic collaborations.
  • Support for new works, innovative programs and offsetting rent and production costs at Moody Performance Hall and other venues.
  • Programs, projects and exhibitions that address important issues of cultural equity and community access to the arts.
  • Programs that create and deliver cultural experiences to all parts of Dallas and the hosting of artist-in-residency programs.
  • Operating, staff and marketing support for new initiatives.
  • Support of capacity building.
  • Other projects deemed important to the vibrancy of the arts in the city.

The Moody Fund for the Arts is a $10 million endowment that is part of a $22 million gift from the Moody Foundation to the arts in Dallas, including a $12 million gift to the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s capital campaign. In recognition of the generosity of the Galveston-based Moody Foundation, the City of Dallas renamed Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District to Moody Performance Hall.

Applicants can e-mail questions about the grant submission process to or call 214-978-2840.

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