Small Business Center

South Dallas/ Fair Park Opportunity Fund


The purpose of the South Dallas/Fair Park Opportunity Fund is to provide loans and grants to promote economic development and support human development initiatives in the neighborhoods surrounding Fair ParkLoans 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 $200,000 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


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.

Eligible Program Areas can be seen here

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Once finished, email the filled-out application to Anthony Barwick at .