Artists, festival organizers, non-profit organizations can apply for art grants

Artists, festival organizers, nonprofit organizations that want to make the arts part of their programs, and arts nonprofits can apply for one-time grants.

These various grants can fund new individual work, organize events, create arts programs for nonprofit arts organizations, or fund capital projects for nonprofit arts organizations.

Applicants can attend separate webinars for each grant type to learn about guidelines, eligibility and how to apply.

  • Individual artists in Berkeley can receive $4,000 to create original works and public presentation to engage Berkeley residents.
  • Festival organizers can apply for up to $7,000 to organize events that may be new and small in scale or an established festival.
  • Berkeley nonprofits and Bay Area arts organizations can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to facilitate collaborative arts programming and cultural activities in Berkeley.
  • Berkeley-based 501(c)(3) arts nonprofits looking to fund capital projects—especially to increase accessibility—can apply for between $2,000 and $150,000.

Online applications for artists, festivals, nonprofits creating arts programs, or arts nonprofits funding capital projects provide more information and require creating an account to apply.

Coordinated by the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program, these grants are part of the unit’s work to support a culturally vibrant and diverse arts ecosystem.

Grants to support new artist projects

Only individuals who provide proof of a Berkeley residential address may apply. Partnership, group or collective applications are ineligible.

  • Grant Request Amount: A fixed amount of $4,000
  • Webinar: January 10, 2024 at 5:30 p.m
  • Application deadline: February 28, 2024 11:59 p.m
  • Grant period: July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Apply at the Artist Grants Portal.

Grants for festivals and special events

Festival grants can be used to support festivals and community events that honor or preserve a wide variety of cultures.

Events must be open to the Berkeley public and have a free component. This grant is for festivals that are single or multi-day events, but usually events that take place once a year. This grant is not intended to fund ongoing programming.

501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations producing a Berkeley festival are eligible to apply. In addition, organizations without exempt nonprofit status may team up with an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor to apply. Grantees are responsible for obtaining all necessary event permits.

  • Grant Request Amount: Up to $7,000
  • Webinar: January 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m
  • Application deadline: March 6, 2024 11:59 p.m
  • Grant period: July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Learn more and apply for grants for community festivals and special events.

Grants for non-arts nonprofits in Berkeley or Bay-Area arts organizations

Local nonprofits that don’t have arts programs can use grants to start some. To do this, they can partner with a Berkeley-based arts organization or a Bay Area arts organization that holds cultural events in Berkeley. They can also work with a teacher educator.

Nonprofit organizations located in the Greater Bay Area, outside of Berkeley, can use this funding to work together with different types of organizations when they want to create cultural events in Berkeley.

These grants encourage non-arts groups to partner with Berkeley-based arts organizations or hire cultural workers such as artist educators or performers. In addition, they provide Berkeley residents with opportunities to participate in arts activities organized by non-profit organizations from the Greater Bay Area.

Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible.

Organizations seeking funding in other civic arts grant opportunities are not eligible for this grant. This grant is made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. It aims to expand access to arts and cultural activities within the City of Berkeley.

  • Grant Request Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Total funding available in this grant category: $60,000
  • Webinar 1: January 17, 2024, 11:00 a.m
  • Webinar 2: January 17, 2024, 5:30 p.m
  • Application deadline: March 13, 2024 11:59 p.m
  • Grant period: July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Learn more and apply for a grant for arts programs.

Grants for capital projects of arts organizations or purchases of buildings in Berkeley

Berkeley-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organizations can apply for grants to maintain, improve, or add to the physical space necessary for their work.

Grants prioritize organizations with total cash receipts below $1,000,000.

The city encourages this funding to be spent on improving access for people with physical disabilities, such as installing accessible signage, building wheelchair accessible features and purchasing assistive listening systems.

  • Grant Request Amount: $2,000 – $150,000
  • Total funding available in this grant category: $300,000
  • Webinar: January 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Application deadline: February 21, 2024 11:59 p.m
  • Grant period: June 1, 2024 to July 30, 2025

Learn more and apply for a capital projects grant.

The Berkeley Civic Arts Program supports cultural vibrancy

These grants provide a way to expand the reach and increase the vibrancy of Berkeley’s arts, a core part of our community.

For questions about these grants, contact the Civic Arts Program at [email protected], (510) 981-7539 or schedule a virtual appointment.

If you’re an artist, nonprofit organization, festival organizer, or someone who wants to promote arts and culture in Berkeley communities, we encourage you to apply for one of our grants. And if you know anyone who might be interested, please feel free to spread the word!

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