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APPLY FOR CIVIC ARTS GRANTS BY JANUARY 19
Get help applying at an upcoming webinar

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 21, 2020) - Berkeley-based artists, art nonprofits, and festival organizers can apply for next year's Civic Arts Grants starting October 26. These grants provide funding to strengthen the local ecosystem of arts and culture.

Depending on their size, organizations can receive up to $12,000 - money that often allows them to leverage more outside funding. Berkeley's Civic Arts grants have supported dozens of organizations large and small, ranging from institutions like Freight & Salvage and the Aurora Theater to smaller groups like the Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Capoeira Arts Foundation, La Peña Cultural Center, and Youth Spirit Artworks. This annual support for a broad spectrum of organizations helps build a thriving base of arts and culture for the region.

Individual artists can receive up to $4,000 to produce new work, which comes with a requirement that Berkeleyans have an opportunity to view the work for free. In past years, this may have been through a gallery showing, reading, or performance. During COVID-19, it may mean a socially distanced outdoor event or a digital production shared online. The Civic Arts Program will organize an online public presentation for all individual grant awardees to showcase their work for the community during Spring of 2022.

Festival grants support a range of events throughout Berkeley from small, first-time events to large-scale, established festivals. These grants can be up to $7,000, depending on the size of the event. Festivals will need to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Organizers should consider virtual formats or outdoor experiences that support social distancing.

Online Information Sessions October 27

Learn more about the application process at an online information session Tuesday, October 27. We're hosting three webinars - one for each grant category. 

Register in advance to attend. We'll review the new application guidelines and show you how to use the online application system. Staff will be available to answer questions during these sessions.

Grant Writing Webinar November 10

Learn how to write a more competitive application for these or other grants at a follow-up webinar in November:

Two guest speakers with extensive experience in writing and reviewing grants will provide general tips that you may find helpful for most grant applications.

Applications due January 19, 2021

All grant-funded activities must take place within the City of Berkeley between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Applications are due by 5pm on January 19, 2021. Review the guidelines and get details on the application process on the Civic Arts Grant Program webpage.

Last year, Berkeley's Civic Arts Grants provided over $500,000 in funding to local artists, arts organizations, and festivals. Continuing this program during the COVID-19 pandemic will help ensure equitable access to high quality arts and culture for Berkeley residents and visitors alike during challenging times.

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

For questions, contact the Civic Arts Program at civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539.

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