There is one annual application cycle for the Cultural Districts Program. 

Note: Boundary Change Applications are due one month prior to new Cultural District Applications.

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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