State Fair Awards Nearly $150,000 In Grants

The State Fair of Texas recently awarded more than $148,000 in grants and sponsorships to 23 organizations in the southern sector of Dallas during the first grant cycle of the 2022 year.

Ten organizations are first-time State Fair of Texas grant recipients.

“As a nonprofit organization ourselves, we realize the impact our grant program has on other nonprofits making a difference in our neighborhood,” said State Fair of Texas president Mitchell Glieber. “Following the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair, we’re proud to be able to return to our full three-grant cycle schedule this year and look forward to awarding more grants to worthy nonprofits in the upcoming summer and fall cycles.”

The State Fair of Texas hosts grant cycles in the spring, summer, and fall. The spring grant cycle closed on Feb. 25.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of stakeholders with expertise in nonprofit and grant review processes. Applicants are selected according to their alignment with the fair’s focus on education, capacity building, and economic development targeting neighboring zip codes. Criteria for approval assesses the program’s impact in the South Dallas area, collaborations with other local entities, program design and implementation and evaluation methods, and overall program sustainability. 

The 23 organizations that received funding during the 2022 spring grant cycle include: 

  • Abide Women’s Health Services*
  • Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute 
  • BigHope*
  • Bishop Arts Theater Center
  • Bold Believers United* 
  • CitySquare
  • Comp-U-Dopt Dallas*
  • Dallas Divas II*
  • Faith Philanthropy Institute, Inc. (dba Alliance for Greater Works)
  • Frazier Revitalization
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support*
  • Housing Crisis Center*
  • Lone Star Justice Alliance
  • North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (NTARUPT)*
  • South Dallas Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC)
  • Southern Dallas Link, Inc.
  • Stars United Global Outreach*
  • The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center
  • The Walls Project*
  • TMJ Dance Project
  • Union Development Corporation (dba Project Unity)
  • Viola’s House
  • Well Community

Since creating its Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances department in 2016, the Fair has invested more than $3 million in support of various initiatives, sponsorships, and partnerships within the South Dallas/Fair Park area. Along with offering financial resources, the State Fair of Texas has connected with more than 200 local organizations to form partnerships and develop initiatives that seek to make a positive impact, with more than 600,000 people being served thus far.

“This is our first award from the fair in my tenure at Housing Crisis Center,” said Kelvin Brown, CEO of Housing Crisis Center. “I think the specific needs of our city are pretty well documented. As we continue working to prevent homelessness, I am very thankful to have the State Fair of Texas as a strategic partner in our capacity building.”

To learn more about how to apply for a grant in the future or other State Fair opportunities, please visit the state fair’s website.

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