Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund application process begins

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has announced the launch of the 2015-16 grant cycle for the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund. This year the fund can grant up to $260,000 to innovative campus-Berkeley community partnerships, for projects beginning in the summer or early fall of 2015.

The fund supports projects in arts and culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education. Since its establishment in 2006, it has awarded nearly $2 million to more than 120 neighborhood-improvement and community-service programs that involve collaborative relationships between the campus and the Berkeley community to address critical needs.

The fund’s advisory board will review pre-application forms and invite approximately 20-25 applicants to submit a more detailed and comprehensive application. (Please note that being asked to submit an application does not guarantee a grant award.) The full applications will then be reviewed by the advisory board and funding recommendations made to Chancellor Dirks.

In October, potential applicants can attend a community mixer to learn more about the application process and explore potential partnerships. That event is set for 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave., penthouse level.

More information, including fund pre-application forms, application guidelines, FAQs and lists of past recipients, is available on the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund website or by contacting UC Berkeley’s Office of Local Government and Community Relations at (510) 643-5299 or

The pre-application forms are due by Dec. 8, 2014.