Each year, the program – the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund – gives grants to a wide range of Berkeley-based proposals that involve some kind beneficial university-community collaboration.
Funding ranges between $5,000 and $50,000 per project. The number of projects varies from year to year. Eleven were funded in the current 2013-14 cycle.
Here are four examples of the more than 130 diverse proposals that have been funded since the program was established by former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in 2006:
- A Healthy Smile – $20,000 for the Berkeley Free Clinic to work with the student-run Suitcase Clinic to provide dental services to those who lack access to them
- The South Berkeley Bioremediation Garden and Public Education Project – $40,000 for bioremediaton gardens of brake ferns in South Berkeley remove arsenic in the soil and promote public education
- Mapping Environments: Kala Art Institute's Artists-in-Schools Program –$20,000 for the Kala Art Institute to work with Berkeley middle school students and Bay Area Mathematics Project (Lawrence Hall of Science) in workshops that culminated in a mural at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
- Greening Berkeley Hands-On – $5,000 for several community groups to work with students from Cal Corps to improve city parks
The 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
• Economic Development
• Environmental Stewardship
The total funding for the 2014-15 cycle, for projects beginning next summer, is approximately $253,000, the campus said.
The deadline for "pre-application forms" is Dec. 9.
The campus will hold a workshop for interested applicants and potential community or university partners on Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave.
More information about the program, the workshop and how to apply can be found on the fund's web site.
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