Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund 2019 events

Stay tuned for information about the 2021 application process.

What is the Downtown Program Fund?

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to present downtown?

The Downtown Program Fund may be for you! The City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund partners with YOU to transform downtown outdoor public spaces into thriving community destinations. Funding of up to $5,000 per project will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming in public spaces in Eugene’s downtown core. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theatre, film/video/media and multidisciplinary fields.

Why does the program exist?

To Support a Thriving Downtown – Downtown Eugene has great potential to be the civic, commercial and social heart of the city. Activation of public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the downtown core. Cultural Services seeks to expand the breadth and quality of downtown activation by supporting additional programming.

To Encourage Artistic Innovation – We invite you to use this opportunity to explore new possibilities, push artistic boundaries and develop your community legacy. Our moment in history is particularly unique as we prepare for Eugene to become a world stage during the 2021 IAAF Track and Field Championships.

To Strengthen the Creative Community – Cultural Services strives to co-create a thriving arts and culture ecosystem with creative partners like you. Together, we can continue to elevate our collective capacity to offer our community exceptional artistic experiences.

Applications are closed for 2020.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. FAQ's
  5. Past Fund Recipients


  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals headquartered/physically residing within Lane County.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2020.
  • Programs must take place in an outdoor public space in Eugene’s downtown core, including but not limited to the Park Blocks, Kesey Square, the Library Plaza, public alleyways and street corners.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • 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). This can be done through a combination of the following:
    • At least 50% of your total match amount:
      • Cash: Either already secured or additional funds you anticipate raising through sponsorships or other fundraising.
    • 50% or less of your total match amount:
      • In-Kind: This 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 $24.43 per hour.
  • Programs must be flexible to work around already-scheduled programming. Award recipients will work with City staff to confirm scheduling.
  • Applicants must include the City of Eugene Cultural Services logo on all visual marketing materials for the program, and/or the written name in program press releases or other written information.
  • Upon completion of the program, applicants must complete a brief report and provide the City with 3-5 high-quality, copyright-free digital photographs of the program for use in future City promotions.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for as many as two programs, in which case a complete and separate proposal for each project is required.


  • A collaboration between multiple individuals or organizations.
  • Occurring in the late afternoon or evening (4-10 p.m.)
  • Occurring in April, May or October.
  • Occurring more than once during the season (i.e. as a series).
  • Minority- and/or women-led projects.

Contact Us

  1. Community Engagement Manager
    Sarah-Kate Sharkey

    Ph: 541-682-6342