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2018-19 Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund Grants

Grants to Berkeley, California Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Joint Projects to Benefit the Local Community

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UC Berkeley - Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund (CCPF)

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Deadline Date:

03/12/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Berkeley, California nonprofits, schools, and government agencies to collaborate with university departments, staff, and student organizations on projects that benefit the local community. Pre-applications are due December 8. Program areas include arts and culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship, and education.

This program makes grants to innovative campus-community partnerships designed to improve the quality of life for Berkeley residents. Proposed projects must include at least one university and one Berkeley community partner.

Education-related grants applicants are required to demonstrate that their project is aligned with and furthers the objectives of the 2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth.

The 2020 Vision is Berkeley’s community-wide effort to end the racial disparities in academic achievement among children and youth in Berkeley. The 2020 Vision partners include: Berkeley Unified School District, the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley and several community based organizations.

Projects and Programs:

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 wellbeing 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.

Thematic Areas:

Applicants are asked to align their project or program with one of the following themes:

-Arts and Culture: proposals aligned with this theme seek to expose the Berkeley community to a wide range of artistic, musical and cultural styles and practices. Projects or programs could include supporting or developing public art installations, performances, trainings, and workshops.

-Community Safety: proposals aligned with this theme aim to make Berkeley a safer and more welcoming community. Projects and programs could focus on a range of subjects, including but not limited to: public safety and crime prevention, emergency preparedness, pedestrian and bike safety, increased street lighting and vegetation management, conflict resolution, etc.

-Economic Development: proposals aligned with this theme aim to encourage and support economic development regionally and locally. The Fund encourages research, studies, marketing and other collaborative initiatives and partnerships that bolster the local and “green” economy, encourage job creation, etc. Please note that projects must serve a public as opposed to private benefit.

-Education: proposals aligned with this theme aim to enhance the educational experience of Berkeley residents. Projects or programs could involve mentoring activities, coaching and other after-school programs, writing workshops, adult literacy programs and classroom or community presentations and events. Education proposals should align with and forward the goals of the 2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth.

-Environmental Stewardship: proposals aligned with this theme aim to protect, preserve and/or restore Berkeley’s natural environment. Projects or programs could focus on issues linked to sustainability and ecological education, recycling and reuse programs, energy- efficiency and renewable energy, green business, and clean-up projects.

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 circumstances this program 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.

UC Berkeley student organizations that are actively supported by a faculty or staff advisor, are encouraged to apply.

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 may not be used for the following activities and expenses:

a. Political programs or activities to support, change, lobby, or otherwise influence legislation
and/or ballot measures, elect candidates to public office, or other political issues.

b. Religious activities; however, religious institutions may apply for funding for nonsectarian projects.

c. Any organization that discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation. The Fund may support organizations and projects that target groups that have been subject to historical discrimination.

d. Deficit or emergency funding, debt reduction, loan repayment or retirement, or for project costs incurred before the effective date of the grant.

e. Purchase or long-term real estate rental(s), lease(s), or sub-lease(s).

f. Projects that exclusively benefit UC Berkeley faculty, staff, or students. (University faculty, staff and students are eligible, as are community partners, for reasonable stipend amounts for their work on approved projects.)

g. Purchase of alcoholic beverages. (Use of grant funds for food and light refreshments is discouraged but will be reviewed on a case by case basis.)

Pre-Application Information:


It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure any required permits and other such approvals from the City of Berkeley in advance of the full grant application for projects that affect the city’s infrastructure. If such permits and approvals are not secured by the application due date, grant funding is contingent on securing the required approvals by the grant disbursement date.


Interested applicants should begin identifying and contacting potential partners early in the application process. Assistance in connecting with potential university partners will be provided by the UC Berkeley’s Office of Local Government and Community Relations.

Pre-Application Phase:

Applicants must complete a Pre-Application form which is due December 8, 2017 before 5:00 PM.

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.

Fall semester dates:
-October 2, 2017: Grant Application Cycle launched
-December 8, 2017: Pre-Application Forms Due

Spring semester dates:
-February 2018: Full Applications Requested from Selected Applicants
-March 12, 2018, no later than 5:00 PM: Full Applications Due
-May 2018: Partnership Grant Awards Announced
-Fall 2018: Funding released

More information about the 2020 Vision for Berkeley's Children and Youth may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Office of Government and Community Relations:
(510) 642-7860

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Berkeley