Press Release

Applicants sought for 2009-2010 grants from Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund

| 18 February 2009

The University of California, Berkeley, invites local community groups to apply for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund for 2009-2010. Non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups based in the city of Berkeley that propose projects in partnership with the campus to improve the quality of life for city residents are eligible to apply for funding.

In its first three years, the fund awarded grants to 43 diverse projects in the areas of educational enrichment, the arts, homeless services, the environment, historic preservation and neighborhood improvement.

Through a competitive process, the fund will distribute $218,000 in 2009 for projects in two categories: neighborhood improvement projects that enhance community facilities or the physical environment of Berkeley neighborhoods, and community support and service projects that further the economic, social or cultural well-being of Berkeley residents.

Grant proposals are due by May 15, 2009, and awards will be announced in August.

The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants in March. Information about the workshop will be posted on the fund's Web site at communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf. Additional information about the fund and a grant application package are also available online. For questions about the fund, contact UC Berkeley Community Relations Director Irene Hegarty at (510) 643-5296 or hegarty@berkeley.edu.

The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund was established in 2006. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $617,000 in grants to community-based organizations. Annual allocations to the fund will be made through the year 2020.