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Berkeley's 2020 Vision: Equity in Education


Berkeley’s 2020 Vision works to align and leverage efforts across the city to help close Berkeley’s opportunity gap. Programs and activities are considered to be aligned with Berkeley’s 2020 Vision if they: (1) advance one or more of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision’s defined priorities and strategies; and (2) are being managed, delivered, or funded by a 2020 Vision partner organization. Click here to see the most current snapshot of program’s aligned with Berkeley’s 2020 Vision.

 A number of institutional partners have aligned funding and dedicated resources to advance the goals of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision. Some of this funding has been dedicated by partner agencies to internal programs and systems. For example, Berkeley Unified School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) funds a total investment of ~$9.8 million in 2018-19, which BUSD has closely aligned with the priorities of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision.

Similarly, the City of Berkeley covers the cost of 2.25 FTE of staff time to 2020 Vision and supports participation from a number of City departments. All of the partners participate in and support 2020 Vision Work Groups, leadership groups, activities, etc.

Other funding is available during defined application periods in the form of grants, contracts, and scholarships. For example:

    • Berkeley’s 2020 Vision Community Agency Funding: Berkeley’s City Council awards funding to community agency contractors to advance the work of 2020 Vision (~$1.8 million in FY 19). The next funding RFP will be issued in late November 2018. The four-year grant cycle will begin on July 1, 2019. Detailed information is available on the City of Berkeley’s Health, Housing, and Community Services website.
    • University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund: UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Office annually awards grants to “innovative campus-community partnerships.” Applicants requesting education-related fund must demonstrate their projects’ alignment with the goals and strategies of Berkeley’s 2020 Vision. For more information, please visit the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund website
    • Berkeley Promise: Berkeley Promise is a college access and matriculation scholarship initiative that helps Berkeley public school graduates advance on a path that starts with community college and leads to an earned degree or certificate. Through Berkeley Promise, select Berkeley students receive $1,500 in scholarship funds while attending BCC, and can apply for an additional $8,000 if they transfer to a four-year college or university. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Promise Scholarship Program webpage.
    • High Hopes Scholarship Program: Berkeley Community Fund provides $16,000 in needs-based scholarships, mentoring, and other supports to motivated Berkeley youth who are from lower-income families, underrepresented groups, or are first-generation-to-college attendees, helping them to succeed in college and earn their bachelor's degrees. For more information, please visit the Berkeley Community Fund website.
    • Berkeley Public Schools Fund’s Classroom and Strategic Impact Grants: The Schools Fund awards approximately $600,000 in grants to BUSD teachers every year, many of which align closely with Berkeley’s 2020 Vision goals and strategies. For more information, please visit the Berkeley Public Schools Fund’s website.
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