Downtown Program Fund Grant

Several past Downtown Program Fund events

Applications are closed for 2023

Dozens of applicants were reviewed this year with consideration for their programming quality, capacity, long term impacts and equity, inclusion and diversity. Visit the Downtown Program Fund Events page to see 2023 Downtown Program Fund recipient details. 

Applications for 2024 funding will open in January 2024.

Downtown Program Fund  2023 Application Process

Is there an event or artistic installation you would like to present downtown? Community-driven events and programming are needed now more than ever to build community, uplift the soul and share the stories and experiences from our diverse communities. The City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund offers you an opportunity to transform downtown outdoor spaces into arts and culture destinations. We believe the work of the arts creates a stronger, more vibrant and more creative community through shared experiences that uplift the soul and tell the diversity of stories from our communities. We hope to fund projects that work with themes of identity and belonging that nurture a sense of pride and welcoming in our downtown Eugene community.

Funding of up to $5,000 per project will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming in publicly accessible outdoor spaces located within Eugene’s downtown core. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theatre, film/video/media, multidisciplinary fields and events.

The 2023 Downtown Program Fund seeks to:

  • Draw people, economic vitality, sense of place and safety to the downtown core through activation of outdoor spaces with arts and culture events and/or installations.
  • Help artists and arts organizations to survive and thrive through the economic impacts and effects of the pandemic.
  • Foster a sense of belonging and safety for historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, such as Eugene’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, low-income communities, people experiencing disabilities, unhoused individuals, youth and seniors.
  • Promote cultural exchange through public arts and cultural experiences that will generate empathy, understanding, dialogue, wonder and curiosity.

Virtual Info Session

This virtual info session, hosted by Community Programs Manager Colette Ramirez, was held on Jan. 11, 2023. In this video, Colette answers questions about the City of Eugene's Downtown Program Fund grant and provides tips on navigating the application and budget.

At the 58:16 minute mark, you can see an example of the budget process for a hypothetical event.

Deadline for submissions is noon on February 6, 2023

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Selection Criteria
  4. Expectations & Support
  5. Timeline

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals headquartered/physically residing within Lane County.
  • Organizations or artists with outstanding Downtown Program Fund grants are not eligible to apply until their programs have been completed.
  • Previously funded programs, artists and organizations are eligible to re-apply. Approximately 20% of funding will be awarded to first-time programs, artists or organizations.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2023.
  • Programs must take place in outdoor publicly accessible spaces located within Eugene’s Downtown Activity Zone, such as the Park Blocks, Farmers Market Pavilion/Plaza and Kesey Square.
  • Programs should be made as accessible as possible for community members. If the event is not free to attend, a portion of tickets must be offered for free or on a sliding scale.
  • Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash, in-kind and/or volunteer time match for the project that equals the amount of your Downtown Program Fund award (i.e. if the City awards you $1,000, you must also contribute at least $1,000 toward your project costs). Your total match amount should consist of one or any combination of the following:
    • Cash: either already secured or additional funds you anticipate raising through sponsorships or other fundraising.
    • In-Kind: includes donated materials and supplies, valued at full retail or rental cost.
    • Volunteer time: value each hour of volunteer time given to the project at the nationally-established rate of $29.95 per hour.
    • Please note that you can choose to use in-kind or volunteer time as 100% of your match.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for as many as two programs. If more than one program proposal is submitted then a complete and separate proposal is required for each project.

Contact Us

  1. Community & Cultural Affairs Senior Manager

    Colette Ramirez

    Ph: 541-682-6347

About Cultural Services

Cultural Services provides responsible and catalytic leadership to support the public’s vision for a thriving arts and cultural sector that contributes to the community’s social and economic well-being.

The mission of Community Events is to bring fun, accessible and relevant arts and culture programs to all residents in our community.