Grant applications due by March 13

By Drew Eubank

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced that applications for Moody Fund for the Arts (MFA) grants are now being accepted at until Friday, March 13 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. 

Photo courtesy of the Moody Fund

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. 

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.