Downtown Program Fund


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 Fund aims to activate downtown Eugene’s public spaces by expanding artistic and cultural programming. Funding in the range of $1,000 - $5,000 will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming during April – October 2019 in outdoor public spaces in Eugene’s downtown core. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theater, film/video/media and multidisciplinary fields.

Why does the program exist?

Downtown Eugene has great potential to be the civic, commercial and social heart of the city. The City of Eugene is working toward this vision through improvements to downtown infrastructure, public safety, social services and events. Activation of public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the downtown core. We seek to expand the breadth and quality of downtown activation by supporting additional programming by cultural and artistic partners.

Information Session

We will be hosting an information session in early January. Let us know if you are interested and we will get you the details. Count me in

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. FAQ's
  5. 2018  Fund Recipients


  • The Downtown Program Fund is open to all organizations and individuals engaged in creative and cultural arts media and disciplines that are headquartered/physically reside within Lane County.
  • Proposed programming must take place between April 1 and October 31, 2019.
  • Programs must take place in an outdoor public space in Eugene’s downtown core, including but not limited to the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and the Library Plaza.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Programs must work around already-scheduled programming. Check back here in January for a calendar of the season’s scheduled events.
  • Applicants must provide a 1:1 cash match for the project for all City funds awarded (i.e. if the City awards you $1,000, you must also contribute at least $1,000 toward your project costs).
  • 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.

Contact Us

  1. Sarah-Kate Sharkey
    Community Engagement Manager
    Ph: 541-682-6342