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APPLY FOR CIVIC ARTS GRANTS BY JANUARY 16
Grant Application Deadline: January 16, 2020

Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 14, 2019) - Artists and art nonprofits based in Berkeley as well as organizers of festivals in Berkeley can apply for Civic Arts Grants, which provide funding to strengthen the local ecosystem of arts and culture.

Depending on their size, organizations can receive between $10,000 and $17,000  - money that often allows organizations to leverage more outside funding. The City of Berkeley's Civic Arts grants have supported organizations ranging from Freight & Salvage and the Aurora Theater to the Kala Arts Institute, helping build a thriving base of arts and culture for the region.

Individual artists can receive up to $5,000, which comes with a requirement that the produced work provide Berkeleyans an opportunity to view the work for free - be it through a gallery showing, reading or performance.

Festival grants support a range of events throughout Berkeley from small-scale and first-time events to large-scale and established festivals. These grants range between $5,000 and $17,000, depending on the size of the event.

All grant-funded activities must take place within the City of Berkeley between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Applications are due by 5pm on January 16, 2020.

Download guidelines, applications and more on our Civic Arts Grant Program page. Have more questions? Contact: civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539

You can also attend our workshops to learn more:

Technical Assistance Workshop: Civic Arts Grant Application Workshop for All Grant Categories
Monday, November 18, 2019, 6 - 8 pm
Location: 2180 Milvia Street, 6th Floor, Redwood Room
This workshop will cover the new grant application requirements and provide instruction on using the on-line grant application system. Staff will be available to answer questions.

Topic Workshop: What Does Cultural Equity Mean for Your Organization?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6-8 pm
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library, Community Room
1901 Russell St.
This workshop will present an overview of cultural equity and the various ways that organizations may initiate or continue their cultural equity work at a variety of levels from mission, programming and audience to board and staff. We encourage attendees to come with questions.

If you're an artist, nonprofit or festival organizer seeking to enrich Berkeley's arts and culture, we hope you'll apply for one of our grants. If you know of those who might be interested, please spread the word!

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