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Individual Artists Project Grants support individual artists living and producing art in Berkeley culminating in a local public presentation of their work for the benefit of community within the grant period.
Applicants in this category may be awarded grant amounts of $4,000.

Please review 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 Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM (PST).

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info
 

Civic Arts grant funds provide general operating support that is strategically targeted to: bolster the growth and stability of Berkeley’s arts community; support a wide array of nonprofit arts organizations, and arts programs of service nonprofits throughout the City of Berkeley; and empower and promote equitable representation of cultural perspectives that have been historically marginalized.  Please include in-kind on your application, but it should not be taken into account when calculating category eligibility.

Civic Arts Grants are now operating on a two-year grant cycle. Grant applications are only being accepted once every two years. Applications will be accepted in spring 2021 for the two-year cycle of FY22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) and FY23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). Grant award amounts determined through this process will be paid out to grantees on an annual basis contingent upon the allocation of funds from the City Council annually. 


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.

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM (PST).

Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info
 

 The purpose of the Festival Grant Program is to support community festivals and special events that: celebrate and preserve a rich variety of cultural opportunities for Berkeley’s residents; bolster the city’s vitality; and increase Berkeley’s visibility and reputation as a desirable destination for visitors. The Festival Grant Program supports a range of events throughout the City from small‐scale and first‐time events to large scale and established festivals. Festival Grant Program‐funded events must be open to the entire public and have at least some portion of the festival which is free admission, although festivals may include fee‐based access to select portions of the event.   

Public events may include socially distanced programming and events taking place in outdoor spaces if permitted by Health Orders, or digital productions and online/virtual on-line media.

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.  

Completed applications must be submitted online no later than Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM (PST). 


Any questions, please contact Civic Arts Program civicarts@cityofberkeley.info

The City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program is currently seeking panelists to serve on our grants review panels for Fiscal Year 2021/22. 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. Once an application is received an additional short demographic survey will be emailed to obtain further information.  

Our panel review will occur in Spring 2021 through Zoom. The Zoom webinar will be to the public to observe, but will not be recorded.  

The City of Berkeley is pleased to accept applications for its new COVID-19 Resiliency Loan Program (RLP) to help existing Berkeley small businesses, non-profits and cooperatives to sustain their operations in Berkeley. 

Funded by the CARES Act, and further capitalizing the City’s existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program, RLP Fixed Interest Rate Loans may be used to cover business operating expenses like payroll, rent, and utilities. The COVID-19 RLP program is designed to supplement the existing RLF Program and is subject to the following guidelines, criteria, and terms:

Loan Amounts are available between $5,000 and $50,000 and larger loan amounts (up to a maximum of $150,000) are possible.

Fixed Interest Rates for loans up to $25,000, the interest rate will be 0%. For RLP Loans $25,001 and up the interest rate is set at 1%.

Loan Terms are up to 5 and one half (5.5) years from the time funds have been disbursed, and payments on principal and interest are deferred for six (6) months.

To be considered for loan funding, Berkeley borrowers must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Be a Berkeley based businesses, non-profit or cooperative in good financial standing and continuously in operation for at least two (2) years in the City of Berkeley with a valid Berkeley Business License. 

Businesses that temporarily closed during the Shelter-in-Place order are eligible if the borrower maintained a valid business license with the City of Berkeley in 2020.

2. Applicants must demonstrate retention and/or creation of employment opportunities in Berkeley.

3. Applicants may not have more than 50 full time equivalent (FTE) employees.

4. Applicants must demonstrate credit worthiness and ability to repay the loan. Loan Collateral is required; a personal guarantee required of all business principals with 20% or more interest in the applying business.

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Loan Application Process

Loan amounts up to $25,000 may be approved administratively upon satisfactory completion of the online RLP application and review by an independent third party underwriter. Loan applications above $25,000 will be reviewed for approval by the Loan Administration Board (LAB) at a publicly-noticed LAB commission meeting.

There is a RLP Application Processing Cost of $200 if paid by check or $211.59 if paid electronically via the online application program (hosted by Submittable).

Completed applications for COVID-19 Resiliency Loan Program (RLP) consideration are due by 5pm on December 18, 2020. The RLP loan application follows below. Applicants will have to create an account with Submittable for the secure transfer of all loan application documents.

Subsequent RLP application rounds will be announced based on the amount of RLP funding remaining.

For questions on the application process please contact the Office of Economic Development at oedmailbox@cityofberkeley.info.

City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development