New collaborations sought for Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund

The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting grant applications for its 2010-11 grant cycle. The fund will distribute $225,000 in grants this year to support projects and programs that link UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students with residents and community-based organizations to improve the quality of life in Berkeley.

Established in 2006, the fund has awarded more than $800,000 to over 60 diverse neighborhood improvement projects and community service programs that utilize collaborative relationships between UC Berkeley and the community to address critical needs.

This year, campus and community members are encouraged to develop collaborative partnerships that will yield real-world results in the areas of community safety and livability, environmental stewardship, education, and arts and culture.

“I am excited about the opportunities the fund offers to help forge closer connections between the community and the campus,” said Caleb Dardick, director of UC Berkeley’s Local Government and Community Relations Office.

An advisory board of city, campus and community representatives developed the goals, criteria and process for awarding partnership grants and will review and recommend projects for funding. Grant proposals are due by May 14, 2010. The grant awards will be announced in July 2010.

Grant applications and additional information about the fund are available online. The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants as well as for potential community or university partners on Wednesday, April 7, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Way).

The Chancellor’s Community Partnership fund Web site is Its e-mail address is