Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund opens 2017-18 application process

Up to $276,000 in grants are available this year for innovative campus-community partnerships to improve the quality of life for Berkeley residents, thanks to the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

Teacher and students

Students conduct a science experiment, supported by a 2016-17 grant from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

Since its establishment in 2006, the fund has provided $2.6 million to more than 120 community-campus partnerships. The funded partnerships have addressed critical needs through neighborhood-improvement projects and community-service programs.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a community mixer on Oct. 25 to learn more about the application process and explore potential partnerships. The mixer will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at SkyDeck-Berkeley, 2150 Shattuck Ave, penthouse level. Interested applicants can RSVP to the event here. Berkeley-based collaborative projects that focus on arts and culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must include at least one university and one community partner.

Last year’s grants included projects to foster positive relationships between high school students, city and campus police; increase summer reading among third graders; mentor and guide seventh graders to design, conduct, and present their own scientific investigations; and variety of neighborhood improvement projects.

All grants will be for one-year projects or programs. Education-related grants applicants are required to demonstrate that their project is aligned with and furthers the objectives of the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth. The 2020 Vision is Berkeley’s community-wide effort to end the disparities in academic achievement that exist along racial lines among children and youth in Berkeley. The 2020 Vision partners include Berkeley Unified School District, the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley and several community-based organizations. More information about the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth will be discussed at the mixer.

Pre-applications for the 2017-18 CCPF cycle will be due on December 152016. Eligible projects must have at least one community partner and one university partner. UC Berkeley student organizations (backed by a faculty or staff advisor) are encouraged to apply.

The fund’s advisory board will review all pre-applications and invite 20 to 25 pre-applicants to submit a more detailed proposal in early 2017. The full proposals will then be reviewed by the advisory board and funding recommendations will be made to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in the spring. Final awards will be announced before June 2017.

More information, including fund pre-application forms, application guidelines, FAQs and lists of past recipients, is available at

The pre-application forms are due by December 15, 2016.

Fall semester dates
October 2016: Grant Application Cycle Launched
December 15, 2016: Pre-Application Forms Due

Spring semester dates
Early February 2017: Full Applications Requested from Selected Applicants
Late March 2017: Full Applications Due
June 2017: Partnership Grant Awards Announced

Contact Information:
Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund
UC Berkeley Office of Local Government and Community Relations
Telephone: 510/643-5299 E-mail:

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