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Berkeley's Civic Arts Grants Program helps promote art throughout the entire city in many different forms
Photo: Crowden School students


Final Reports (PDF and Word) for 2016-2017 grant awards will be due June 30, 2017.

Applications for 2017-2018 are now being accepted until April 21, 2017 by midnight 


2017-2018 Grant Documents

2017-2018 Grant Guidelines

Online Application

 3-Year Budget Form - For organizations with budgets over $500,000 

 Short Budget Form - For organizations with budgets under $500,000

 Individual Artist Budget Form 

Grant-Specific Submittable Guide - Instructions on how to use our new online application manager 

Vendor Application - Needed for first time Grantees to receive award

W-9 FormsNeeded for first time Grantees to receive award


 This is the second year of our new Civic Arts Grant Program. On March 29, 2016 the City Council voted to accept changes to the Civic Arts Grant Program as put forth by the Civic Arts Commission and the City Manager's Office. Here is a summary of the changes still in place: 

1. A one-year cycle, as opposed to a 2-year cycle.

2. New funding categories to ensure properly competitive grant pools:
      a. Organizations with a 3-year average budget of $500,000 and above (applicants may request up to $12,000)
      b. Organizations with a budget under $500,000 (applicants may request up to $8,000)
      c. Individual Artists ($3,000 set grant amount) 

3. Online Application via Submittable. (Applicants must first make an account.) Each category above has its own application. Applicants complete the form for the category they fall under. Consult these instructions on how to use the online application platform.

4. No formula. The Grant Panel previously employed a formula to determine allocation amounts to grantees. The Grant Panel now has more flexibility in allocating. You can see the application review criteria in the Grant Guidelines. 

5. Awards will be contingent upon the allocation from the City Council given each year. Last year's budgeted amount was $389,000, after an increase of $150,000 granted by Council during the budget process in May 2016.



Additional Information

2016-2017 Civic Arts Grants Awards

City Manger Council Report Regarding Grant Revision 

Berkeley Civic Arts Grants Program Assessment Report October 2015 

Submittable Guide - General instructions on how to use our new online application manager  

Link to Adobe Reader Download


For more information please contact the Civic Arts Coordinator,


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