Pre-Applications for UC Chancellor’s Grants due Feb. 9

Early Deadline: Community groups hoping for 2011 funding from UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership grants must email a short pre-application describing their project by 5 PM February 9. Because so many groups seek funding, and the $225,000 available for the year’s grants be distributed among only about 12-15 projects, UC hopes to save everyone time by asking only some groups to fill out complete applications. The form, grant guidelines, brief descriptions of past awards, and background information are available at UC Berkeley’s Government and Community Relations web site. A workshop is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 PM Wed., Jan. 12, at North Berkeley Senior Center, Hearst and MLK.

What are UC Chancellor’s Grants? The 15-year program was established in 2006, settling a lawsuit by the City of Berkeley. It awards $225,000 yearly in grants of $5000 or more to nonprofit organizations that join with a UC-related partner to carry out projects in Berkeley in the areas of arts and culture, community safety, economic development, education, or environmental stewardship.

Contact BPFP about fiscal sponsorship: Berkeley Partners for Parks partner groups have received significant numbers of these grants for a wide range of projects. Grants must go to legal nonprofit organizations, so groups needing a nonprofit fiscal sponsor for a project aligned with BPFP’s mission are urged to contact us. If your project requires volunteer labor and less than the $5000 minimum grant, it may fit into our “Greening Berkeley” partnership, in which several groups seek funds for small projects to be carried out with the help of UC student volunteers. Please get in touch if you think we can help you!

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