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  NEW!!!  2018-2019 Civic Arts Grant Awards

Our department is pleased to announce that on June 26, 2018, the City Council approved the City's Fiscal Year 2019 funding allocation for the Civic Arts Grant Program. A total of 62 applicants were awarded funds for a variety of arts and cultural projects, productions, and activities.

In addition to the approved Fiscal Year 2019 grant budget, City Council also authorized a one-time supplemental grant budget allocation of up to $75,000 based upon the City's revenues from short term rental regulations received in Fiscal Year 2018. The final revenue amount to be used for the one-time supplemental grant allocation will be determined by the City in the fall and then the Civic Arts Commission will determine the supplemental award amounts. We anticipate sending notifications to grant recipients receiving a supplemental allocation in November or December 2018.

Final Reports for 2017-2018 grant awards must be turned in by June 30, 2018 to receive any future city funding, including 2018-2019 grant awards  

Organizations Final Report: Word and PDF  
 Individual Artists Final Report: 
Word and PDF       



  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:

  Chrystal O' Malley, Civic Arts Analyst
  Phone: (510) 981-7539



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