South Dallas/Fair Park Opportunity Fund

The South Dallas community is experiencing development and redevelopment at an accelerating pace. Numerous projects that expand the business base and improve the neighborhood's vibrancy are already underway or are planned for the community.

A South Dallas/Fair Park Opportunity Fund Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was recently issued but the deadline for submitting proposals was 5:00 PM CST Friday, September 4, 2020. 

The purpose of the South Dallas/Fair Park Opportunity Fund (Opportunity Fund) is to provide loans and grants to promote economic development and support human development initiatives neighborhoods surrounding Fair Park. Loans or grants are available to support businesses or entities located with specific census tracts, or that serves a population that is made up of at least 90% of residents from those census tracts.

Grants and loans are available in the following program areas:

  • Human Development contracts must demonstrate measurable outcomes related to the following goals in the service area: increase workforce participation and readiness; stimulate small business activity and growth; improve health outcomes; improve public safety; or, improve educational outcomes.
  • Economic Development projects must demonstrate the creation of new jobs, the retention of existing jobs or an increase in the Service Area tax base.  
  • 25% of annually budgeted funds may be awarded as grants; a maximum of $100,000 may be awarded for human development contracts. 
  • A minimum of 75% of budgeted funds must be awarded as repayable loans
  • More details on the program requirements can be found in the Program Statement

Examples of previous projects include:

  • Parkland Hospital – Hatcher Station Health Center
  • South Park YMCA
  • St. Philip's School and Community Center 
  • Two Podners BBQ & Seafood Restaurant
  • Multiple Community Development Corporations

Economic Development Projects

Economic development projects are accepted on a rolling basis. The application form and underwriting criteria will be the current forms and criteria in use by the Office of Economic Development, and the size of any loan or grant will be determined based on that underwriting criteria. 

Human Development Projects

Grants for human development projects are awarded under an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process.  The most recent NOFA cycle closed on March 18, 2019. 

Eligible Program Areas

Entities located in 2010 Census Tracts 25, 27.01, 27.02, 34, 37, 38, 39.01, 39.02, 40, 115 and 203 are eligible to apply for funding from the Trust Fund.

Note: Tract 203.00 combined 1990 Census Tracts 28, 29, 35, and 36 used for the original formation of the Trust Fund.