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Funding for Berkeley-based arts organizations, individual artist projects, and festivals taking place in Berkeley.

Civic Arts Grant applications open Monday, October 26, 2020. Apply Now 
Deadline extended  to  January 25, 2021. 


Civic Arts Grants Recorded Information Session Webinars
Each recorded information session covered the new grant application guidelines for that category and provide instructions on using the on-line grant application system. 
To access the recorded webinars by clicking on the link for the specific session you wish to view:
For Arts Organization Grants
For Festival Grants
For Individual Artist Project Grants

Learn how to write a better grant by viewing the recorded workshop with two guest speakers, Chris Evans and Weston Teruya, who have extensive experience in writing and reviewing grant applications. This workshop will cover the Civic Arts Grants application areas, like application narratives, budgets with notes, and work samples, which are typical for most grant applications in the arts. Learn more about the guest workshop speakers  Chris Evans and Weston Teruya

General Grant Writing Tips Webinar 

The grant guidelines change at the beginning of every grant cycle. Please see the new guidelines for each of the three categories below.

Arts Organization Grants provide general operating support for a wide array of nonprofit arts organizations and arts programs of service nonprofits throughout Berkeley. New This Year! Civic Arts Grants for Arts Organizations are now operating on a two-year grant cycle of FY22 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) and FY23 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)Please review the full grants guidelines: FY22 Arts Organizations Guidelines 

Individual Artist Project Grants support individual artists living and producing art in Berkeley culminating in a local public presentation of their work for the benefit of the community within the grant period. Grant funded projects may include: dance, music, theater, visual arts, social practice, media arts, film, and literary projects. Please review the full grants guidelines: FY22 Individual Artists Grant Guidelines 

Festival Grants support community festivals and special events throughout the City of Berkeley from small-scale and first-time events to large scale and established festivals. Please review the full grants guidelines: FY22 Festival Grant Guidelines

SCHEDULE Dates are subject to change
FY22 Grant Applications Open                          October 26, 2020
Civic Arts Grants Information Webinars            October 27, 2020
Grant Writing Tips Workshop                             November 10, 2020
Grant Application Deadline                                January 25, 2021
Grants Panel Meetings                                       April-May 2021 
Commission Approval of Award Amounts          May 26, 2021
Council Budget Approval                                   June 29, 2021
Award Notices and Invoices Sent                      July 2021

To learn more information on how to use Submittable please visit their help center.

Final Reports
For Fiscal Year 2019-2020 please access your final report by logging into your Submittable account. There is an additional form attached to your FY20 Civic Arts Grant application. 

If awarded funding, first time grantees must submit the following forms to be established as payees within the City of Berkeley’s financial system. You are not required to submit these forms until you are notified of your grant award.
Vendor Application Form
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Right click on the logo to download or copy this image for promotional materials regarding your grant.

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