DALLAS — Nonprofits in South Dallas can continue to advance their causes with the help of funds from the State Fair of Texas. On Wednesday, the organization announced it awarded close to $150,000 to various nonprofits in its first grant cycle of the year.
“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.”
This year, 23 organizations, including Abide Women’s Health Services, Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute, BigHope, Bishop Arts Theater Center, Bold Believers United, CitySquare, Comp-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 and the Well Community were among the recipients that received grants. Ten out of the 23 received money from the State Fair of Texas for the first time, including the Housing Crisis Center.
“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.”
Last year, Spectrum News 1 reported that the State Fair of Texas, also a nonprofit, gave away more than a half-million dollars in grant funds and scholarships to 59 nonprofits in the last grant cycle of 2020. Those monies went to 59 organizations in the southern sector of Dallas. With the formation of the Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances department back in 2016, the State Fair of Texas has invested more than $3 million to support initiatives, sponsorships and partnerships across the city.
“The COVID-19 crisis has presented so many new challenges for our local community and continuing to support these organizations right now is essential to ensuring sustainability for these agencies serving on the front lines, providing necessary resources in this area,” said State Fair of Texas Vice President of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances Froswa’ Booker-Drew at the time. “This year has forced us to adapt and find new, innovative ways to stand with our community. In addition to awarding grants, we continued to provide resources helping organizations collaborate to serve more effectively while building their capacity in the process. We also offered virtual signature programs, trainings and technical assistance to support schools, nonprofits and local businesses in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.”
For more information on how to apply for a grant in the future or other State Fair opportunities, visit BigTex.com/Grants.