Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund events

2021 Downtown Program Fund Recipients

Congratulations to the six outstanding recipients of this year’s Downtown Program Fund! We are looking forward to enjoying their arts and culture experiences in outdoor spaces in Eugene’s downtown core this April through October. Stay tuned for dates and more information.


Let Down Your Fears: Rapunzel Retold

An interactive, live storytelling extravaganza. This multidisciplinary performance utilizes an imprisoned Rapunzel as a metaphor for the challenging experience of quarantine. By retelling this story, AHFEMME provides resources for community revival.


BEAM 2021

BEAM is a celebration of creative exploration and ingenuity that has become a seasonal marker for Eugenians. This illuminated pop-up outdoor art gallery showcases experience after experience like walking in and out of parallel worlds, offering a continuation of diversity and intrigue throughout.

Asian Celebration

Asian Celebration Night Market

This event shares Asian culture tradition and history with the community by celebrating the rich cultural diversity and influence of night markets that exist all throughout Asia. On four Fridays in May, the Night Markets will offer food, dance, art and culture in an open air night time setting.

Downtown Eugene Merchants

DEM Presents

A series of five live music events held near restaurants downtown. The public will experience a concert and have the opportunity to enjoy a meal and beverages safely outside of our downtown restaurants and bars. 

Lane Arts Council

In Your Words: A Community Story Project

Lane Arts Council and Wordcrafters in Eugene are partnering to collect and present original and interpreted stories centered on the theme of belonging. Story sharing will be offered in multiple ways, including a call-in phone line, digital submission, or in-person recording sessions. Select stories will be presented in original form and as visual interpretations created in collaboration with select artists during August First Friday ArtWeek and September First Friday ArtWeek. 


Pre-Pride Block Party

This celebration of Pride for the LGBTQIA+ community will be an event like no other. A small outdoor stage will feature many local acts, ranging from comedy, to drag, as well as live music. The event will also offer ambient art, local food vendors, and organizations tabling the event for community and cultural awareness.

Applications are closed for 2021

Downtown Program Fund 2021

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

The City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund offers you an opportunity to transform downtown outdoor spaces into arts and culture 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 publicly accessible outdoor 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.

The 2021 Downtown Program Fund seeks to:

  • Draw people and positive energy to the downtown core through activation of outdoor spaces with arts and culture events or installations
  • Help artists and arts organizations to survive and thrive through the impacts of the pandemic
  • Support long-term recovery efforts by engaging the community in support for arts & culture
  • Foster a sense of belonging and safety for all community members, in particular Eugene’s BIPOC and LGBTQ communities

In addition to funding, awardees of the Downtown Program Fund will also receive an initial consultation with the City’s Cultural Services staff, publicity through Cultural Services marketing, and access to available City equipment including tables, chairs and canopies.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. Selection Criteria
  5. Past Fund Recipients

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.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2021.
  • Programs must take place in an outdoor, publicly accessible space in Eugene’s downtown core.
  • 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). 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.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for as many as two programs, in which case a complete and separate proposal for each project is required.
  • 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.

Contact Us

  1. Community Programs Manager
    Colette Ramirez
    Ph: 541-682-6347
    Email Us