Downtown Program Fund

Downtown Program Fund Events

Applications for 2018 are no longer being taken. Awards will be announced March 1, 2018. 

What is the Downtown Program Fund?

Is there an event or artistic installation you have been wanting to grow 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 the summer of 2018 in and around the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and the Downtown Library Plaza. 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 downtown public spaces through programming is a key strategy to bring people and positive energy to the spaces. We seek to expand the breadth and quality of downtown activation by supporting additional programming by cultural and artistic partners.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Application
  3. Timeline
  4. FAQ's


  • 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 September 30, 2018.
  • Programs must take place in or around one of downtown Eugene’s outdoor public spaces of the Park Blocks, Kesey Square and/or the Library Plaza.
  • Programs must be free and accessible to the public.
  • Programs in the Park Blocks must work around the Saturday Market, Farmer’s Market (Saturdays and Tuesdays), the lunchtime street performance series and other scheduled programming.
  • 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 agree to 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 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 more than once during the summer.

Contact Us

  1. Sarah-Kate Sharkey
    Resource Development & Communications Manger
    Ph: 541-682-6342