The State Fair of Texas is delighted to open the only grant cycle for the 2021 year. Last year, in addition to our core three grant categories: capacity building for nonprofits, economic development, and educational programming, the State Fair added a new category for social and racial justice. The new category works with partners who specifically address effects of systemic racism within the criminal justice system, employment, food insecurity, transportation, and education sectors including advocacy. Nonprofit organizations in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood serving residents in zip codes 75210, 75215, 75223, and 75228 are welcome to apply. Applications will be accepted starting today, and can be submitted through Friday, September 17. Summer funding is intended to resume in 2022. To learn more and apply, please visit BigTex.com/Grants.
“I’m so excited that despite our inability to host the State Fair of Texas last year, we have remained committed to ensuring that our local community-based organizations receive the support they need to continue the great work they provide daily,” said State Fair of Texas Vice President of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances, Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, so many of these organizations have not stopped working, serving, and impacting lives. There are so many amazing organizations in our area that are making a difference and we are glad to partner with them in their work through the grants and sponsorships we award. This year will be even more competitive due to our limited resources but our commitment to support South Dallas has not been altered or delayed because of this.”
Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of State Fair of Texas board members and community members with expertise in nonprofit and grant review processes. Applicants are selected according to their alignment with the Fair’s focus on capacity building, economic development, education, and social and racial justice targeting our neighboring zip codes. Criteria for approval assesses the program’s impact in the South Dallas area, collaborations with other local entities, program design along with its implementation and evaluation methods, and overall sustainability of the program. Those receiving funding will allocate the money strategically to build stronger communities in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhoods.
The State Fair of Texas continues to expand outreach programs, placing a particular priority on promoting community involvement and engagement at a local level. These efforts range from Community Engagement Day, Big Tex Urban Farms, and other signature programs that the Fair has developed and continues to invest in, along with grants and sponsorships. Since 2017, the State Fair of Texas has partnered with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to establish the Nonprofit Infrastructure Initiative (NPII) that aims to strengthen nonprofits operating and serving clients in Southern Dallas. To date, NPII has facilitated 30 local nonprofits through a six-month capacity-building course that taught foundational concepts to participating nonprofits, and in 2020, we hosted with United Way and Communities Foundation the Nonprofit Success Institute Summer Speaker Series. Since the creation of our Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances department in 2016, the Fair has invested more than $2.1 million in support of many great 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 foster community, form partnerships, develop and support initiatives that work to make a positive impact, with more than 70,000 people being served in the year 2020.
The State Fair of Texas is committed to giving back to the community and campaigning for a promising tomorrow. We cherish the many partnerships and collaborations that help grow our ability to serve. We continue to listen and learn from our community because it is together that we can make the greatest impact. The State Fair is dedicated to the bright future of its community and the well-being of all who call sunny South Dallas home.
To apply for a grant, please visit BigTex.com/Grants, today through Friday, September 17, 2021. If you’re looking to learn more about how you can get involved, please visit BigTex.com/Community, to explore our resources and initiatives highlighting South Dallas nonprofits like ServeSouthernDallas.org.