As a long-standing Dallas institution, the State Fair of Texas has a unique appreciation for the local support that makes such a big event possible every year. With the ultimate goal of having a positive community impact, the Fair aims to give back through our partnerships with local organizations and initiatives. The Fair continues to expand outreach programs while placing a special priority on promoting community involvement at the local level.  Our impact in the community focuses on three areas that complement our mission – social capital, human capital, and financial capital.


As a neighbor in the South Dallas/Fair Park community, we are committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that are providing services in this area.  We understand that these organizations, like ours, depend on year-round generosity from citizens, volunteers, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations. In order to extend our hand to the members of our community that are bringing about positive change, the State Fair of Texas offers grants and sponsorships to local nonprofit organizations at specific times throughout the year.  Click on the button below to learn more about our application process and to learn more about our grants and sponsorships program.


Upcoming Events

Cultivating Community Workshop
February 8-10
Location: The Urban Agriculture Action Team of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions Workshops
Click here for more info.

NXT Fest
Saturday, February 17
Location: Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center
Click here for more info.

Summer Program Grantees Training
Thursday, February 22
Location: State Fair of Texas Administration Building

NPII Cohort
Friday, February 23
Location: TBA

Destiny Awards
Friday, February 23
Location: St. Philip’s School and Community Center
Click here for more info.

State Fair of Texas Scholarship Applications Due
Friday, February 23

Incubator Cohort
Tuesday, February 27
Location: South Dallas Cultural Center

Gulfstream Launch and Tour of Collaboration
Wednesday, February 28


Froswa’ Booker-Drew, PhD | Director of Community Affairs & Strategic Alliances

Froswa’ Booker-Drew has an extensive background in nonprofit management, partnership development, training, and education. She is currently the Director of Community Affairs & Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas. Formerly the National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, she served as a catalyst, partnership broker, and capacity-builder of local partners in multiple locations across the U.S. to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families. Froswa’ was the emcee for Movement Day Greater Dallas (2014, 2015), an event that brought together 1000+ Christians to solve for social issues in the DFW area.

She was a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that follows a cast of seven women from Dallas to India. She is the recipient of several honors including semi-finalist for the SMU TED Talks in 2012, 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and was awarded Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross. Froswa’ graduated with a PhD in Leadership and Change with a focus on social capital and relational leadership from Antioch University. She attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley for training in Relational Cultural Theory and has completed facilitator training on Immunity to Change based on the work of Kegan and Lahey of Harvard. She has also completed training through UNICEF on Equity Based Evaluations. She is the author of two workbooks for women – “Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life” and “Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last.” Froswa’ was a workshop presenter at the United Nations in June 2013 on the Access to Power. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Antioch University and is an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College/Capital Seminary and the University of North Texas at Dallas. She is a writer for several publications around the world.  Froswa’ is also one of the founding directors of HERitage Giving Fund, the first African-American giving circle in Texas.

From left to right:

Bemnet Meshesha, MSW 
Manager, Community Affairs & Strategic Alliances

Jessica Vitela
Community Affairs Coordinator

Chasity Straughter
Community Relations Intern

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