The Cultural Facilities Program coordinates and guides the City of Dallas support and funding for long-term improvement, renovation or major repairs of cultural facilities owned and operated by organizations with an annual operating budget less than $5 million. Applicants may request up to $200,000.
The applicant’s primary mission must be to conduct arts and cultural programming. By program definition, a cultural facility is a building which shall be used for the programming, production, presentation, exhibition of any of the arts and cultural disciplines. These disciplines are music, dance, theatre, creative writing, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts, visual arts, and programs of museums and must comprise at least 85% of facility use. The Program is intended for investment, long-term improvement, renovation or major repair. City funding IS NOT to be used for land, facility acquisition, landscaping, constructing or fabricating exhibits.
The City may structure award agreements as a secured loan, requiring a lien be placed on the contractor’s property, to be amortized (written off) over a period of time (see Contracting and Schedule of Payments section of the program guidelines for more details).
Projects must have a public purpose, a measurable community impact, and should address at least one of the following priorities:
- Urgent-need remodeling, renovation or major repairs of existing facilities including equipment and technology upgrades or replacement
- Improvements to a historic building
- Allow for significant organizational growth
- Bring buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or other building code requirements
- Parking expansion