Art in the Parks Grant

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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 Art  in the Parks Events page to see 2023 Art in the Parks grant recipient details. 

Applications for 2024 funding will open September 2023.

Art in the Parks - Call to Artists

Deadline: noon on April 17, 2023

Is there an exciting event you would like to present in a local park? Community-driven events and programming are needed now more than ever to build connections, uplift the soul and share stories and experiences from our increasingly diverse City. With support from City of Eugene Cultural Services in partnership with Parks and Open Space, the new Art in the Parks grant invests in helping community members activate parks by sharing their own events and programming.

Funding of up to $5,000 per project will be awarded to organizations or individuals who wish to produce their own quality programming in a Eugene park. Funding can support any artistic or cultural discipline, including visual, dance, music, theatre, film/video/media, multidisciplinary fields, festivals and events. The 2023 funding cycle has a total of $25,000 to award to selected Eugene-based recipients.

The 2023 Art in the Parks program seeks to:

  • Steward vibrant, inspiring places that foster personal, community, and environmental well-being.
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging in the park system and pride in historically underrepresented groups such as Eugene’s BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ population, low-income communities, people with disabilities, unhoused individuals, youth and seniors.
  • Nurture relationships and promote cultural exchange through arts experiences that honor and celebrate diversity while striving to inspire empathy, understanding, dialogue, wonder and curiosity.

Online Information Session

This online info session, hosted by Community Programs Manager Colette Ramirez, was held on March 23, 2023. In this video, Colette answers questions about the City of Eugene's Art in the Parks grant and provides tips on navigating the application and budget.

At the 43:00 minute mark, you can see an example of the budget process for a hypothetical event.

Deadline for submission is noon on April 17, 2023

  1. Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Art in the Parks grant is open to all organizations and individuals headquartered/physically residing within Lane County. 
  • Proposed programming must take place between June 1 and October 31, 2023.
  • Programs should be made as accessible as possible for community members. If the event is not free to attend, then 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 Art in the Parks grant award (i.e., if the City awards you $1,000 then 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: 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 $29.95 per hour.
    • Please note: 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, in which case a complete and separate proposal for each project is required.
  • There cannot be an open litigation or claim with the City of Eugene.
  1. Application Process
  1. Application FAQ
  1. Selection Criteria
  1. Eligible Parks
  1. Park Reservation FAQ
  1. Expectations & Support
  1. Timeline

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 Community and Cultural Affairs section believes the work of the arts creates a stronger, more vibrant and creative community through shared experiences that uplift the soul and tell the diversity of stories from our communities.

About Parks and Open Space

Parks and Open Spaces protects, enhances and maintains Eugene’s parks and open spaces for healthy people, community and environment.

Parks and recreation in Eugene cultivates a system of beautiful, inspiring places that foster personal, community and environmental health.

Contact Us

  1. Community & Cultural Affairs Senior Manager

    Colette Ramirez

    Ph: 541-682-6347