In late 2017, TREC members selected the Forest District Revitalization initiative as the recipient of Dallas Catalyst Project, with an initial $1 million TREC Foundation investment in grants and professional services from members and their companies over a three-year period. Dallas Catalyst Project is a philanthropic partnership with community organizations St. Philip’s School & Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church, CitySquare and the iconic Forest Theater to revitalize part of South Dallas/Fair Park. The scope of work includes the renovation of 12,000 square feet of retail space on Martin Luther King Boulevard, the construction of a communal canopy space under the I-30 bridge and the restoration of the iconic Forest Theater.
In January 2017, the TREC Foundation board decided to shift to a hybrid approach of funding high-impact projects in one specific Dallas neighborhood with collaborating partners to address a specific community challenge. Key components of the grant criteria were: Having an existing or planned effort in a specific geographic area within the limits of the City of Dallas; specific project(s) relative to those solutions; collaborative partners already identified; measurable outcomes and impacts; funding over a three-year period; opportunity for TREC members to engage in volunteer or professional services opportunities.
In response to a call for proposals, TREC Foundation received proposals from teams that included more than 40 nonprofit organizations and narrowed submissions to three finalists. TREC members voted on the neighborhood that they felt we could make the most impact and involve more of our members. Dallas Catalyst Project was born as a result of that effort.
Contributed more than $12.5 million in grant funds
Reached more than 327,000 individuals in need
Complete more than 3,000 hours of time worth more than $750,000 each year
Assisted more than 150 nonprofit organizations
2018 Foundation Grantees
Redesign and renovation of For Oak Cliff‘s headquarters in Oak Cliff to provide efficient community meeting and education spaces that will accommodate the 2Gen approach of For Oak Cliff’s work.
This grant will support the creation of a program in conjunction with the Dallas County Community College District to provide training to Jubilee residents in construction and security jobs.
Use our interactive map to navigate past projects completed by TREC members and TREC Community Fund loans. Click any icon on the map and learn more about the investment our members and funding partners made to improve the community.