We are the Oakland Chapter.
We want to fund projects that bring about art, performance, social change and help shape a better Oakland community.
While we have a short track record as a chapter, our trustees do have leaning on the kind of projects that grab our attention:
• We are more inclined to fund a proposal if the grant is a significant factor in the projecting be coming a reality.
• The grant is a significant part of the budget as opposed to a small contribution to a large scale/budget project.
• Be specific on 'How I will use the money'. We want to see what you will be spending the money on and how much that item or service will cost. A rough budget of the overall project is also highly desirable.
• The project serves a large community, especially if that community is historically underserved.
• The project is aimed an informing, educating or entertaining the community or has a community involvement as part of its execution.
• Projects starting soon rather than later in the year.
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Your creative ambition, the spirit of it, that's what we most love knowing. Your inspired self will be great at making your point, regardless of credentials, vetted plans or organizational backing. We're people, not some stuffy foundation. You can even ask us questions or advice. Contact us awhile before the deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries.
Proposals are due the last Thursday of each month. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month to review the applications and the recipients is announced shortly after.
We have limited funds. We give just over twelve grants per year and generally $1,000 per month.
While a lot of your projects are awesome, not all submissions are a good fit for the trustees. Many times we will reach out to discuss why a certain project was getting traction and we are always happy to help review your proposals before you submit to give feedback and suggestions.
Also consider applying to the SF and SJ chapter if we do not fund you, as they might fund an idea that isn't a fit for us, conceptually or geographically.
Thank you for your awesome passion!