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The Civic Arts Commission is in the process of revising the guidelines for arts grants and also developing brand new guidelines for festivals grants. The purpose of this effort is to ensure that all Civic Arts Grant categories (Arts Organizations, Individual Artist Projects, and Festivals) are aligned and reflect an overarching grants strategy of distributing funding equitably and transparently through an open process. During this time there will be numerous opportunities for input:

Please provide input by email to

November 14, 2018              Arts Organizations Draft Guidelines Discussed at the Berkeley Cultural Trust Meeting:

November 27, 2018              All Draft Guidelines Discussed at joint Policy/Grants Committee Agenda

November 28, 2018              All Draft Guidelines Discussed at Civic Arts Commission Meeting Agenda

 November 29, 2018              All Draft Guidelines posted to Civic Arts website for public comment

Until January 22, 2019         Public Comment Period to submit written/emailed comments to Civic Arts Commission Secretary at

January 8, 2019                   All Draft Guidelines to be discussed at a Grants Committee and Policy Committee joint meeting Agenda 

January 23, 2019                  All Final Guidelines to Civic Arts Commission for approval Agenda

 Applications will open Monday, February 11, 2019. Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5PM.  Please click here to submit application.

Two workshops located at Tarea Hall Pittman South Library Branch, 1901 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

  • Festival Grant Workshop scheduled Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6pm-8pm
  • Individual & Organization Grant Workshop scheduled Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6pm-8pm


Individual Artist Project Grants Guidelines - Final Draft   (12-21-2018)

Arts Organizations Grants - Final Draft  (12-21-2018)

Festivals Grants Guidelines - Final Draft (01-09-2019)


2018-2019 Civic Arts Grant Awards

  2018-2019 Grant Documents

2018-2019 Grant Guidelines  

  Online Application  - Link to our page

  3-Year Budget Form - For organizations with budgets $500,000 and above

  Short Budget Form - For organizations with budgets under $500,000

  Individual Artist Budget Form - For individual artists  

Grant-Specific Submittable Guide- Instructions on how to use the online application website

  Vendor Application - Needed for first time Grantees to receive award

  W-9 FormsNeeded for first time Grantees to receive award


   This is the third year of our new Civic Arts Grant Program. Since 2016, the City Council voted to accept changes to the Civic Arts 
   Grant Program as put forth by the Civic Arts Commission and the City Manager's Office. 
   Here is a summary of the changes still in place: 

    1. A one-year cycle, as opposed to a 2-year cycle.

    2. New funding categories to ensure properly competitive grant pools:
              a. Organizations with a 3-year average budget of $500,000 and above (applicants may
                   request up to $15,000)
              b. Organizations with a budget under $500,000 (applicants may request up to $10,000)
              c. Individual Artists ($5,000 set grant amount) 
    3. Online Application via Submittable (Applicants must first make a free account.) Each category above has its own  application. Applicants complete the form for the category they fall under. Consult these instructions  on how to use the online application platform.

    4. No formula. The Grant Panel previously employed a formula to determine allocation amounts to grantees. The Grant Panel now has more flexibility in allocating. You can see the application review criteria in the Grant Guidelines. 

    5. Awards will be contingent upon the allocation from the City Council given each year. 
           FY2018 budgeted amount was $500,000, after an increase of $150,000 granted by Council during the budget process in July 2017. The budget increase was a one-time allocation for that particular fiscal year, and the Grant Program's typical budget is approximately $389,000 every year from the general fund.


 Recipients of the 2017-2018 Civic Arts Grants 

Please left click on the symbols in the map to view more on the Organizations and Individual Artists funded by the City of Berkeley's Civic Arts Grant Program. Once you click on a colored bubble, you will see the name and address of the Organization/ Individual Artist, and a link to connect to their website under "More info".





Additional Information


For more information, please use contact info directly below:
  Phone: (510) 981-7539



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