The TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund is a resource to provide short-term immediate relief to Dallas County nonprofit arts organizations experiencing a loss in revenue or increased expenses due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. The Relief Fund started at the end of March with $350,000, so the current amount of $605,600 means that more than $250,000 has been raised in less than a month. The TI Foundation alone increased its gift from $25,000 to $100,00.
Terry Loftis, president and executive director of TACA, said in a prepared statement: “The Dallas philanthropic community has responded to the TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund in an incredible and most generous way. Thanks to the TI Foundation’s increased commitment and new gifts from the Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Perot Foundation, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, Jaggers Family Fund, and Amy Walton, we’re nicely positioned to make grants to very deserving arts organizations on May 1 and again on June 1.”
To learn if your group is eligible: TACA is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations in Dallas County that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants must have an annual operating budget of less than $5 million and provide performing/visual arts programming for a live, public audience as a core part of their mission. The majority of an applicant’s programming must take place in Dallas County. Priority consideration will be given to current TACA-supported organizations, although all arts organizations that meet the applicant criteria will be considered. The application is available at https://taca-arts.org/emergency-arts-relief-fund/.
The following is a list of all donors to the Fund, including new gifts since the March 30 announcement:
|Eugene McDermott Foundation||$100,000|
|Donna Wilhelm Family Fund||$100,000|
|Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A.||$53,000|
|Communities Foundation of Texas||$50,000|
|March Family Foundation||$25,000|
|Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust||$25,000|
|Melinda and Jim Johnson||$25,000|
|Embrey Family Foundation||$25,000|
|Jaggers Family Fund||$2,500|