2024 Cultural Pass Venue Registration

What is Cultural Pass? 

The Cultural Pass provides free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and culture institutions for youth ages 0-21. The Pass is valid for a one-time general admission at each of the participating venues and is valid from June 1 through August 4, 2024. The 2024 Cultural Pass is a partnership of Louisville Metro Government, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Free Public Library, and the Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA). Cultural Pass is also made possible with the support of Bullitt County Public Library, Charlestown-Clark County Public Library, Floyd County Public Library, Harrison County Public Library, and Jeffersonville Township Public Library. 

Who may register as a Cultural Pass venue? 

Arts and culture 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations* offering arts and/or culture programming during the summer, with a primary place of business in the service region are encouraged to register. The Cultural Pass service region includes Bullitt and Jefferson counties in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd, Harrison counties in Indiana. Please note that Oldham and Shelby county venues are eligible to apply for the Program as they fall within the Fund for the Arts service region; however, there are no participating libraries within these counties.  

If you are not a 501(c)(3) arts or culture nonprofit organization and would like to be considered for eligibility, you are encouraged to register, however, reimbursement may be based on an alternate payment model. The Cultural Pass Committee will review all submitted registrations. Teaching Artists and independent businesses are encouraged to apply for the Teaching Artists and Arts Organizations Directory. 

Please note: 

  • Applicants who are previous Cultural Pass venue participants and/or current Fund for the Arts grantees must be compliant with all grant requirements and reporting to be eligible for this opportunity. 
  • All reimbursement awarded for the Cultural Pass is restricted to supporting arts and culture programming. 
  • We encourage Cultural Pass venues to be active members of ACA. Please reach out to Kirk Randolph, ACA Treasurer, karandol@ius.edu, to update your membership or to join. You can also update your information through the ACA website, www.acalouisville.org.

How does my organization apply to be a Cultural Pass venue? 

The Cultural Pass venue application is a 2-step process:  

  1. Registration
  2. Offering Description
    • After you have submitted the registration, and your eligibility is confirmed, Fund for the Arts will notify the primary, secondary, and additional contact email addresses provided in the Registration by 11:59pm EST Monday, February 5. Registered organizations:
      • Attend the virtual Venue Offering Information Session on Friday, February 9, 11:00am-12:00pm EST.
      • Submit your Offering Description for consideration through the Fund for the Arts online grant portal no later than 11:59pm EST Friday, March 1.
    • The Fund for the Arts notification email will include Zoom information for the Venue Offering Description Information Session and how to access the Offering Description application.

Please note: 

Pending eligibility and review of all submitted Registration and Offering Descriptions, confirmed Cultural Pass venues will be notified by email no later than 11:59 pm EST Friday, March 15.

Preliminary 2023/2024 Venue Timeline: 

Monday, December 4 Registration Opens
Friday, December 8

12 -1 pm EST

See recorded info session below. 

December 11 – February 26

12:30 -1:30 pm EST

*There will be no office hours on Monday, January 29

Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours are available for anyone planning to apply as a Cultural Pass venue, to provide time for questions with FFTA staff. Additional resources include the Grant Guidelines and recorded Info Session. RSVP is not required.

By Monday, January 8

11:59 pm EST

Registration Closes
By Monday, February 5

11:59 pm EST

Applicants Notified of Registration Status

Link for Offering Description and Offering Description Information Session emailed to Primary and Secondary contacts.

Friday, February 9

11 am – 12 pm EST

See recorded Offering Description Information Session below.
By Friday, March 1

11:59pm EST

Offering Description Due in the Online Grant Portal
Monday, March 4- Friday, March 22 Review Period

Primary and Secondary Contacts may be contacted for additional information.

By Friday, March 22

11:59pm EST

Applicants Notified of Award Status
April 2024 Pass Creation

Primary and Secondary Contacts will be contacted for additional information and/or to proof venue listing prior to Pass printing.

May 2024 Venue Orientation

Date(s) and Time(s) TBA

Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, August 4 Cultural Pass 2024
June 1 Summer Reading Cultural Pass Day Kickoff
June 2024 Venue Payment 1
Monday, July 8 Tracking Period 1 (June 1-30) Report Due in the Online Grant Portal
Monday, August 12 Tracking Period 2 (July 1-August 4) Final Report Due in the Online Grant Portal
Late August 2024, TBA Virtual Venue Feedback Session
September 2024 Venue Payment 2

Apply today!

Additional questions? 

We encourage all interested venues to attend the virtual info sessions and office hours listed above. You may also contact the Fund for the Arts Community Investment & Support Team at grants@fundforthearts.org or (502) 882-8696. 



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