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Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund Grant

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University of California, Berkeley - Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund (CCPF)

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Deadline Date:

12/13/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Berkeley, California nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to collaborate with university departments, staff, and student organizations on projects that benefit the local community. Funding is intended for community service and neighborhood improvement projects. Project areas include arts and culture, community safety, public health and wellness, economic development, environmental stewardship, and education.

Eligible projects must have at least one community partner and one university partner.

The Fund awards grants for neighborhood improvement projects and community service programs.

  • Neighborhood improvement projects enhance the physical structures and environment in Berkeley. Past neighborhood improvement projects have been related to the restoration of historic landmarks, the beautification of parks and open spaces, and enhancing emergency and disaster preparedness. Specific activities have included the installation of street lights and park benches, the creation of murals and other public art installations, landscaping, and tree planting. Activities that will eventually lead to a completed neighborhood improvement project, including planning activities, feasibility studies, and needs assessments are also eligible for funding.
  • Community service programs enhance the economic, social, and cultural well-being of Berkeley residents. Examples of past community service programs include: performing arts workshops, teacher training and mentoring, community-based cultural events, homeless outreach, and literacy after-school programs.

Education-related grant applicants are required to demonstrate that their project is aligned with and furthers the objectives of the Berkeley 2020 Vision: Equity in Education. The 2020 Vision is Berkeley’s city-wide effort that strives to eliminate racial disparities in academic achievement in Berkeley’s public schools. The 2020 Vision partners include: Berkeley Unified School District, the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley and several community-based organizations.

Thematic Areas can be found on page 2 of the Grant Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162979

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Recently, the range of grants has been between $5,000 and $25,000. However, under special but rare circumstances, we will consider grants for larger amounts. Please note that most awards average between $10,000 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

All grants will be for one-year projects or programs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants, projects and/or programs must be based in the City of Berkeley and benefit Berkeley residents. All projects and programs must be a collaborative attempt of at least one community and UC Berkeley partner.

Applicants must either be tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations or arrange for an eligible 501(c)(3) organization to serve as a fiscal sponsor. In the latter case, written confirmation by the 501(c)(3) organization of its willingness to act as fiscal agent is required.

Eligible community partners include but are not limited to:
- Neighborhood, civic and merchant associations
- Primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools
- Community-based organizations, such as social service and faith-based organizations
- Local governmental departments, agencies and commissions

Eligible university partners include:
- UC Berkeley departments and/or faculty
- Non-academic campus departments and/or staff
- Students and/or student organizations (in conjunction with at least one staff or faculty advisor)

In order to enhance collaboration, reasonable stipends may be awarded to university and/or community partners to secure participation and provide specialized expertise.

Funding restrictions can be found on page 5 of the Grant Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Mixer and Information Session

Potential applicants are invited to attend a Community Mixer and Information Session on Monday, October 21, 4 to 5:30 pm at Berkeley City Hall to learn more about the application process and explore potential community and university partnerships. CCPF board members and the staff that administer the grants will be on hand to answer questions.

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Pre-Application Information:

2020-21 Grant Application Timeline
Fall semester dates:
- September 26, 2019: Grant Application Cycle Launched
- October 21, 2019: Community Mixer (4 to 5:30 pm, Berkeley City Hall): Agenda
- December 13, 2019: Pre-Application Forms Due

Spring semester dates:
- February 2020: Full Applications requested from selected applicants
- Mid-March 2020: Full Applications Due
- May 2020: Partnership Grant Awards Announced
- September 2020: Funding released to community partners

Pre-Application Phase:
Pre-Application Forms must be submitted electronically to the Fund no later than 5:00 pm, December 13, 2019.

The Fund’s Advisory Board, whose members include representatives from the university, city and community, will review the submitted Pre-Application Forms and select approximately 20-25 proposals that will be asked to submit a full application packet. The Advisory Board may also provide written feedback to select applicants with the goal of creating and strengthening partnerships between the campus and community. Please note that being asked to submit an application does not guarantee a grant award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Pre-Application to:

Or, mail to:
Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund
University of California, Berkeley
2200 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-4204

(510) 642-7860

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