Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund

Chancellor's Community Partnership FundBerkeley Underground Scholars and State Senator Nancy Skinner


(State Senator and Cal Alumna Nancy Skinner attends the graduation of the Berkeley Underground Scholars, fund recipient.)

The 2020-21* Grant Cycle of the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund

*Please note, as of October 2020, the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund does not have a cycle planned for the 2021-22 academic year. Please check back here for updates. See information about the last cycle as a way to prepare for potential new grant availability. 

The 15th cycle of the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund launched fall, 2019. 

In the 2020-21 grant cycle, the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund will make approximately $300,000 in grants to innovative campus-community partnerships designed to improve the quality of life for Berkeley residents. Berkeley-based collaborative projects that focus on the arts and culture, community safety and public health, economic development, environmental stewardship and education are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must include at least one university and one Berkeley community partner.

Potential applicants were invited to attend a Community Mixer and Information Session on Monday, October 21, 2019 4 to 5:30 pm at Berkeley City Hall to learn more about the application process and explore potential community and university partnerships. CCPF board members and the staff that administer the grants were be on hand to answer questions. See below for the agenda and other supplemental materials.

All grants will be for one-year projects or programs. Education-related grant applicants are required to demonstrate that their project is aligned with and furthers the objectives of the Berkeley 2020 Vision: Equity in Education. The 2020 Vision is Berkeley’s city-wide effort that strives to eliminate racial disparities in academic achievement in Berkeley’s public schools. The 2020 Vision partners include: Berkeley Unified School District, the City of Berkeley, Berkeley City College, UC Berkeley and several community-based organizations.

Applicants must complete a Pre-Application form which is due December 13, 2019 before 5 pm. Eligible projects must have at least one community partner and one university partner. UC Berkeley student organizations that are actively supported by a faculty or staff advisor, are encouraged to apply. For more information download the Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

back to top

Fund application timeline and grant documents available soon for the 2020-21 cycle:

2020-21 Grant Application Timeline

Fall semester dates
September 26, 2019: Grant Application Cycle Launched
October 21, 2019: Community Mixer (4 to 5:30 pm, Berkeley City Hall): Agenda
December 13, 2019: Pre-Application Forms Due 

Spring semester dates
February 2020: Full Applications requested from selected applicants
Mid March 2020: Full Applications Due
May 2020: Partnership Grant Awards Announced
September 2020: Funding released to community partners

2020-21 Fund Documents

back to top

A mural by Nigel Sussman called "Wired" commissinoed by the Telegraph Business Improvement District, a fund recipient.

A mural by Nigel Sussman called "Wired" commissinoed by the Telegraph Business Improvement District, a fund recipient.


Established by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in 2006 and now continued by Chancellor Carol Christ, the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund (the Partnership Fund) supports projects and programs that establish, extend and strengthen collaborative partnerships between UC Berkeley and the wider Berkeley community. The Partnership Fund seeks to enhance the quality of life for people who live and work in Berkeley by providing grant funding to neighborhood improvement projects and community service programs that link the university's energy and resources with those of the community

The Partnership Fund supports neighborhood improvement projects and community service programs that utilize collaborative relationships between UC Berkeley and the community to address critical needs in the following thematic areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Safety, Health and Wellness
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship

back to top


Pasangan Partners (2012)

back to top



For more information about the Fund or if you have questions about the grant application, please e-mail or contact UC Berkeley's Office of Government and Community Relations at 510-642-7860.

Berkeley Unified in Literacy Development (2012)

back to top