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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.  

City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development