Achieve Academy Summer Literacy ProgrammingBy Eloise Schrier June 2020
Bay Area Mask Making and Distribution ProjectBy Rachel Sadd May 2020
COVID-19 Response in the Black CommunityBy Tur Ha Ak April 2020
Sick and Disabled Zine and Craft Fair (SAD)By Charles Manzano March 2020
Round WeatherBy Chris Kerr March 2020
Arsola's Census Hard-to-Count Outreach ProjectBy Laura McCoy February 2020
Homeless ShadowsBy Suzi Garner January 2020
Stop Gap Rescue for Black StudentsBy Tasha Keeble December 2019
Bay Area Queer Zine FestBy Maira M McDermott November 2019
Freewheel! A Bike Club for Girls and GNC YouthBy Nora Dye October 2019
East Bay Creeks' Walk and ChalkBy Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty September 2019
Two Fall Exhibitions by CTRL+SHFT CollectiveBy Sophia Schultz August 2019
Dignity BagsBy Tyler Bevington July 2019
Homeless First community screeningsBy Anna Karewicz June 2019
Nyamdu-Dro Mentorship ProgramBy Tenzing Dolma and Nawang Chokyi May 2019
Hoover Elementary: Writer to AuthorBy Jessica Blair April 2019
United Streets of FlowersBy Kiera Jaffin February 2019
Oaktown BallersBy Tony Beaman January 2019
Sketchbook ConnectionBy Sonia Wallach (with William James Association) December 2018
Planting Justice: Grow Food, Grow Jobs, Grow CommuBy Gavin Raders November 2018
Access-Centered MovementBy Jess Dene Schlesinger October 2018
The 10th Annual Oscar Grant VigilBy Oscar Grant Foundation September 2018
Creating Freedom Movements: more justice, more joyBy Cecilia Lucas August 2018
The Pan African Festival (PAF)By Travis Watts July 2018
Good Grief ZineBy Nicole M Wisler June 2018
Ballet for Black & Brown BodiesBy Alyah Baker May 2018
Graffiti Camp for GirlsBy Nina Wright April 2018
Roots and WingsBy Emma Brown and Mara Lea Brown March 2018
Visiting Artists Program for Howard ElementaryBy Margaret Fransee February 2018
Contagious SpiritBy Maddy Clifford January 2018
Music for the MassesBy Meghan Dibble December 2017
Haircuts with HeartBy Rebecca Beardsley November 2017
All That I Aspire To BeBy Jamila Harris October 2017
Kick Ass Mural: 26th & WestBy Renata Foucré September 2017
Social Justice Sewing AcademyBy Sara Trail August 2017
Non-Fiction High Engagement Texts!By Kelsi Kane July 2017
Lightning Bolt Community Safety TrainingsBy Katie Loncke June 2017
FIGMENT OaklandBy Rick Abruzzo May 2017
Four Headed RecordsBy Michael Hale April 2017
Anti Lab: A Creative Resistance Resource CenterBy Sarah Burke March 2017
Resistance is Love in ActionBy Angie Wilson February 2017
Punks with Lunch — West OaklandBy Alejandra Del Pinal, Grant Gleason, Marlo Habeeb January 2017
Frailty Myths Workshop Tool SetsBy Erinn Carter November 2016
Free Annual Halloween Marionette ShowBy Larry Schmidt October 2016
7TH ANNUAL EAST BAY ALTERNATIVE BOOK AND ZINE FESTBy ARA CHRISTINA JO September 2016
Fleet Farming Oakland ExpansionBy Justin Vandenbroeck August 2016
Through The WallsBy Jennie-Sue Nuccio July 2016
Legal Clinic Day - Advanced Directives for AllBy Kristina Dolgin June 2016
The How Spirit Moves Us Project:By Lisa Evans May 2016
We will not be funding any projects that entail public gathering during the COVID-19 crisis. We look forward to seeing your projects when our community is safer. Thank you for your patience
We are the Oakland Chapter,
We want to fund projects that bring about art, performance, social change and help shape a better Oakland community.
Before you apply, please review this winning proposal from Red Light Legal to help craft your application, you can view it here
Proposals MUST have a clearly-defined problem for the community or intended audience and outline how your project provides a solution. Defining the community or audience is should be a significant part of the discussion of your project, especially how many people you expect to serve.
We have a few guidelines we encourage you to review to help make your proposal a winner:
• We only fund projects, ideas and events based in or supporting Oakland and the surrounding communities.
• Tell us what you plan to spend the money on, and how much those items or services will cost. In the form field titled 'How I will use the money', include a budget with your expenses listed out as individual line items. Do not upload an image of your budget, or your spreadsheet.
• We are more inclined to fund a proposal if the grant is a significant factor in the project becoming a reality.
• The grant is a significant part of the budget as opposed to a small contribution to a large scale/budget project.
• The project serves a large community, especially if that community is historically undeserved.
• The project is aimed an informing, educating or entertaining the community or has a community involvement as part of its execution.
• A community project should always include how many people you hope to serve and a clear and concise outreach plan for reaching you intended audience. 'FB ads' or 'social media' alone is not an acceptable approach.
We give out up to twelve grants per year and generally $1,000 per month.
Proposals are due the last Wednesday of each month. We meet the 1st Wednesday of the month to review the applications and the recipient is announced shortly after. If you are a winner, please note we only can send grants via Paypal or Venmo.
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. Contact us well before the deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries.
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!