Lane Arts Council’s Community Arts Grants provide opportunities for Eugene artists and strive to ensure diverse, accessible arts experiences for Eugene participants and audiences. Through investments in Eugene’s community arts organizations and arts projects, Community Arts Grants enrich the lives of residents and visitors by increasing opportunities for arts engagement, ensuring opportunities for artists, and cultivating a diversity of art forms.

Community Arts Grants are funded by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and administered by Lane Arts Council.

Applications for the 2022-2023 grant cycle are not longer being accepted. This cycle funded programs and projects between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Check back in early 2023 when we will post applications and information for the 2023-24 grant cycle.

Community Arts Program Grant

Community Arts Program Grants provide operating support to Eugene’s small and mid-sized community arts organizations. The primary purpose of the 2022-2023 Program Grant is to support nonprofit arts organizations in their strategic development and organizational goal fulfillment. 

Image from Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, a past Program Grant recipient

This is a competitive grant program providing operating support to 501(c)(3) organizations in Eugene who have arts as the core of their mission. The most competitive applicants are arts organizations that provide public access to ongoing, sustained, artistic programming and outreach programs in Eugene. Organizations can apply for grant amounts equal to up to 10% percent of their overall operating budget, or a maximum of $5,000. Awards will generally range between $1,000 and $5,000.

Download the 2022-2023 Community Arts Program Grant application here.

Community Arts Project Grant

Community Arts Project Grants prioritize projects that emphasize accessibility to underserved audiences and provide programming that takes place in the City of Eugene. Proposals might include exhibits, performances, festivals, workshops, events, programs and other arts and culture projects.

Image from Oregon Supported Living Program, a past Project Grant recipient

Competitive project proposals demonstrate community impact and clear access to underserved and underrepresented communities whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by race, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Below are some examples of project strategies that emphasize accessibility. Project strategies could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Utilizing public spaces as an opportunity to engage residents and visitors with the arts 
  • Lowering barriers to entry by providing free or subsidized participation costs 
  • Preserving and commemorating local and multicultural traditions and histories  
  • Encouraging partnerships among artists, businesses, organizations, and agencies  
  • Building existing and developing new arts and culture audiences in Eugene 
  • Providing outlets for underserved artists to share their work 
  • Providing comprehensive arts learning experiences for youth and adults 

Any organization, collective, or individual may apply for a Community Arts Project Grant for funding up to $2,000. All funded project activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Download the 2022-2023 Community Arts Project Grant application here.

This grant application requires submission of a Project Budget. To assist applicants, we have provided some sample budgets for reference, which can be found by clicking here.

View the City of Eugene Public Art Guidelines 

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View the 2021-2022 Community Arts Grant recipients here.

Information Session

We hosted an information session on Tuesday, February 15th to provide insight on both the Community Art Program and Project Grants and answer questions from potential applicants. A recording of the information session is provided here for those unable to attend.

 

Using Research and Feedback to Inform Grant Structure

Lane Arts Council recognizes that this is a unique time for our arts community as artists and arts organizations make the long journey of recovering from and continuing through the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown. Lane Arts Council conducted a community outreach and assessment effort to design our 2021-22 Community Arts Grant program in a way that most closely responds to the current needs of arts organizations this year and this insight will be carried forward to influence the 2022-23 grant cycle. This assessment process included focus groups and one-on-one conversations with over 24 arts organizations and groups. The data from our outreach was used to inform the final design and funding priorities of our grant program. We understand this opportunity may not serve every organization in our community; it has been designed with the intention of doing the most good for our community with limited available resources.


Please feel free to contact Lane Arts Council with questions at 541-485-2278 or by contacting Eric Braman at eric@lanearts.org