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Applications being sought for Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund grants

– The University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund is inviting local community groups to apply for its second annual grants program. Berkeley-based non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups that propose projects linking UC Berkeley with the community to improve the quality of life for Berkeley residents are eligible to apply for funding.

"Last year, we received an impressive set of proposals and were delighted to fund many of them," said UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. "We hope to build on that success and look forward to reviewing this year's proposals that connect the university and the community."

Through a competitive process, the fund will distribute $207,000 in grants 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.

"This is an opportunity to leverage the academic resources of the university and the creative energy and commitment of the community," said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.

Grant proposals are due by April 30, 2007, and awards will be announced in July.

The fund is hosting two public workshops for prospective applicants - on Feb. 14 from 3-5 p.m. at 150 University Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, and on March 8 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2024 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Questions about the fund should be directed to UC Berkeley Community Relations Director Irene Hegarty at (510) 643-5296 or hegarty@berkeley.edu.

The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund was established as part of the campus's agreement with the City of Berkeley following the adoption of the UC Berkeley 2020 Long Range Development Plan. In 2006, the fund received 45 applications and awarded grants to 15 community-based organizations. Annual allocations to the fund will be made through the year 2020.

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