Welcome to the City of Berkeley's Office of Economic Development Submittable site! The City uses this online application manager to cut down on paper waste and improve efficiency. 

This Civic Arts Grant category is open to nonprofit arts organizations with a 2-year average budget up to $100,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.
 

Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $10,000.

Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.

2-Year Budget form may be found here.

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510)981-7539
 

This Civic Arts Grant category is open to nonprofit arts organizations with a 2-year average budget between $100,000 - $1,000,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.


Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $14,000.


Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.


2-Year Budget form may be found here.

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510)981-7539
 

This Civic Arts Grant category is open to nonprofit arts organizations with a 2-year average budget above $1,000,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.

Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $17,000.

Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.

2-Year Budget form may be found here

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM.

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program
civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510)981-7539

 

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. 


Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $5,000.


Please click here to view the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.


Please note that Individual Artist grantees are not required to have a fiscal sponsor. 


Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM.


Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Department
civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539

 

This Civic Arts Festival Grant category is open for events with a proposed budget up to $5,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind donations on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.


Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $5,000.

 

Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.

Event Budget form can be found on this page.


Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 PM.


Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539
 

This Civic Arts Festival Grant category is open for events with a proposed budget between $5,000 - $50,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind donations on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.


Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $14,000.


Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.

Event Budget form can be found on this page.


Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 PM.


Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539
 

This Civic Arts Festival Grant category is open for events with a proposed budget over $50,000. Budget levels will be calculated based on cash income and expense. You may include in-kind donations on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.


Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of up to $17,000.


Please review the complete Grant Guidelines including eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as information on fiscal sponsors, the application process, review criteria, application checklist, and timeline.

Event Budget form can be found on this page.
 

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than  Thursday, April 25, at 5:00 PM.

 

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-7539
 

The City of Berkeley can assist you in obtaining financing for business expansion and other business needs

The City of Berkeley’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program can provide access to capital for businesses and entrepreneurs who seek to grow and retain/ create jobs, but do not qualify for a traditional bank loan. The RLF serves all commercial areas in the City. Loans are available for business expansion, purchase of fixed assets, tenant improvements and real estate.

Loan Amounts:
Typically vary between $35,000 and $50,000 though larger loan amounts up to $150,000 are possible.

Fixed Interest Rates:
 
WSJ Prime Interest Rate, at time of loan approval plus 2 percent.
  For the current rates click on the following link: Bank Rate.com

Loan Terms:
Up to 7 years

Loan Fees:
1% of loan amount, Document and Preparation Fee of $200 (payable with submittal)

Loan Collateral:
Required; Personal or Real Estate guarantee required of all principals with 20% or more interest in business

Equity Requirement:
10% of loan amount for existing businesses; 20% of loan amount for start-up businesses

Document Fee (Application Processing):
$200

To be considered, borrowers must meet these requirements: 

  1. Demonstrate retention and/or creation of employment opportunities in Berkeley
  2. Have firm commitments for other financial components of projects
  3. Demonstrate credit worthiness and ability to repay the loan
  4. Willing to comply with all regulations, policies and requirements as they relate to the program


The City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program is currently seeking panelists to serve on our grants review panels for Fiscal Year 2019/2020. The Civic Arts Program review panel process is designed to ensure that our grantmaking is tranparent, thoughtful and reflective of our cultural equity values — empowering communities historically underserved in the arts and in Berkeley. Berkeley's Civic Arts Grants provide funding in three categories: 1. Berkeley-based arts organizations; 2. Individual artists; and 3. Festivals and cultural events taking place in Berkeley. Each grant category will be reviewed by a separate panel. Panelists will review grant applications for their assigned category and meet in a publicly accessible setting with their fellow panelists to discuss and score the applications. 

The Civic Arts Program seeks panelists based in the greater Bay Area who are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, cultural events, festivals funding, cultural equity, and promising practices for nonprofits. Panelists may be artists, arts administrators, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to cultural equity. Staff does due diligence to ensure that the makeup of our panels is equitably representative of  Berkeley’s demographics and the specific applicant pool, as well as equitable representation of artistic disciplines and organizational expertise.

City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development