Assignment: Find census and other data for the area (census tracts and blocks) around People's Park in Berkeley, both needs and services. Collaborating with the People's Park Initiative, search for relevant grant funding opportunities.
500 Cities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 2013, 2014 model-based small area estimates for 27 measures of chronic disease related to unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes, and use of preventive services. Data is available at the census tract level for Berkeley -- see box below for Excel spreadsheet with data for Berkeley.
Poverty Related Data: The American Community Survey (ACS), searchable via American FactFinder, is the only source for official poverty data at the neighborhood level (including census tract). ACS asks questions on many other topics including housing, employment, disability, language spoken at home, citizenship and immigration, educational attainment and school enrollment.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control: Data on the location and number of liquor stores by county and census tract.
Cleanups in My Community: Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) data on accidents, spills, leaks, and past improper disposal and handling of hazardous materials and wastes that have contaminated land, water (groundwater and surface water), and air (indoor and outdoor). Data to the city and zipcode level.
CrimeView Community Data: Berkeley crime reports by geographic area -- within a range of an address, intersection, etc.
Health Statistics & Data: Great compilation from Berkeley's Public Health Library. Most health statistics, however, are not available below the city or county level.
Language Spoken at Home County and tract-level data are no longer available for table B16001 (languages spoken less commonly for small geographic areas, due to potential privacy concerns). Table C16001 is still available for small geographies, and includes the more common languages of Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Russian etc.
This is the health data from 500 Cities just for Berkeley (the entire dataset is huge!) Search on the census tract number in column H: Unique ID.
The Foundation Directory Online is the largest and most comprehensive resource available to locate U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. It lets you see who is giving in areas you are interested in, so that you can create an informed grant application.
Grants.gov is the most comprehensive listing of grants available from the U.S. government.
PolicyMap is a (relatively!) easy-to-use mapping program that includes over 15,000 US demographic and socioeconomic data indicators from the neighborhood census block to national levels. Data about demographics and neighborhood conditions can be presented as maps, tables, charts and reports. It also lets you add specific points -- such as homeless service providers - -to the map that you create. It's also a great way to find the census tract number for any location.
People's Park is located in Census Tract 06001422800. Census tracts are small, relatively permanent statistical subdivisions of a county. They range from 1,200 - 8,000 people, optimally around 4,000 and hope to approximate a neighborhood.