There is one annual application cycle for the Cultural Districts Program. All new District applications and Boundary Expansion applications will be completed through the new Cultural Districts portal, located at

Applications open May 15th

Applications close June 30th

Preliminary Certifications will be issued in September with Final Certification issued October 1st.

Note: Boundary Change Applications are due June 15th 

Local governments may designate a geographic area and apply to the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for certification as a Cultural District.

Potential applicants should review the Guidelines carefully for program specifications and application procedures including:

  • Criteria for certification.
  • Important details about the tax incentives.
  • Definitions of terms.
  • Timeframes and deadlines.
  • Instruction about how to apply.
  • Annual reporting requirements.
  • Business lot requirements.

For information on guidelines, application dates, and procedures - please email

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