UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund bestowed a $20,000 grant to the 60 boxes project this month.
The fund supports community projects that encourage involvement between the university and the surrounding community and enhance quality of life in Berkeley. This year, it received 70 proposals for funding. Of those 70, only 15 projects were selected to receive grants. Earth Island Institute’s 60 boxes project was one of them.
The grant funding will move the project closer to its goal of covering 60 utility boxes in Downtown Berkeley with sustainable-themed artwork. The majority of the $20,000 grant will go towards the sponsorship of seven utility boxes. The grant also provides funds for a paid student intern from UC Berkeley, who can help implement the project while gaining valuable experience working on a community project. The remaining money will fund administrative and operational costs.
"We are honored and excited to have been selected for this opportunity. We know it is a very competitive cycle and there is an abundance of great community projects in Berkeley. We are really looking forward to working with our partners at UC Berkeley's Facilities Services and the Office of Sustainability and making this opportunity open to the entire Cal Community." said Ariana Katovich, Director of the 60 Boxes Project at the Earth Island Institute.