Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals MentorshipBy Demetri Broxton January 2022
Art & Equity ConversationsBy Alyssa Stone November 2021
Classroom Mural for Newcomer Immigrant StudentsBy Cole Margen October 2021
bodyfabricBy Octavia Rose Hingle July 2021
ROOTED: STORIES OF BELONGINGBy Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama June 2021
2 Hot 4 Hoodies Binder GiveawayBy Cal Calamia May 2021
Corps de Ballet - Ballet's effects on BodiesBy Katherine Hutchinson April 2021
Ecology Center's Farm BoxBy Marcel Ramos March 2021
Walking WatershedsBy Elizabeth Dougherty February 2021
Women Who Ride, Short Documentary FilmBy Jessica Jones January 2021
Keep Kids LearningBy Sia Magadan December 2020
Pay It ForwardBy Diana Wu December 2020
Open E.A.R.S. For ChangeBy Terri Le November 2020
AFROKIN Film FestivalBy Jeffrey Yip October 2020
creAItivityBy Stella Chen September 2020
The Queer ChoirBy Phoebe Sanders August 2020
Covid-Affected Period Poverty Initiative TeamBy Ethan Ye July 2020
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
The Oakland chapter funds projects and events in – or in support of – Oakland and the surrounding area of the East Bay that bring art, performance, and social change and improve and enrich our larger community.
• We review and award grants to proposals for projects, ideas, and events based in – or in support of – Oakland and the surrounding communities of the East Bay. To fund a project that takes place somewhere else, apply through that chapter.
• Your proposal must have a clearly defined problem that you're trying to solve and describe how your project solves the problem by providing a solution, resource, or benefit to your intended audience or community. Defining the community or audience should be a significant part of your proposal.
• Your proposal must include a detailed budget of your project, including how you plan to spend the money, what you'll spend it on, and how much those items cost. In the form field "How will I use the money," you must include a budget of your expenses, listed out as individual line items. We won't accept a screenshot of your spreadsheet. Ya gotta type it in.
• Because we're a small group of volunteers with limited funds, we strive to make a significant impact when we can. So we prefer to fund projects with limited funding resources, where our contributions can make a big difference over proposals where our contributions are only a tiny part of an otherwise well-funded or large-scale project.
• We prefer to fund projects that make a big impact and serve a large community, especially if that community is historically underserved.
• We prefer to fund projects that aim to inform, educate, delight, or entertain your community or intended audience, and/or your project directly involves your community as part of its execution.
• Your proposal and project includes details how many people you hope to serve and a clear and concise outreach plan for reaching your intended audience. If your plan is to 'use FB ads' or 'social media' that's not enough. Be as specific and open minded as you can, it will help get you funded and help your project.
How this works
We award twelve grants per year and generally $1,000 per month. Proposals are due on the last Wednesday of each month. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month to review the applications, and recipients are announced shortly after. If your project is awarded a grant, you'll receive your funds through Paypal or Venmo.
Psst! here's an example winning proposal
Want to know what a winning proposal looks like? Check out this one from Red Light Legal
We're here to help
Didn't get funded this month? No worries. If a proposal has promise, but needs some love we'll reach out to help you tweak it for resubmission, and we're happy to review proposals before you submit them. Just be sure to contact us at least one week before the first of the month at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of your projects are awesome, but sometimes they don't meet the goals of our chapter. If you're here in the Bay Area consider applying to the SF and SJ chapter, as they might fund an idea that isn't a fit for us, conceptually or geographically.
Thank you for your awesome passion!