Air Quality Module – Youth Community SciencePor Wietske Medema February 2022
Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals MentorshipPor Demetri Broxton January 2022
Art & Equity ConversationsPor Alyssa Stone November 2021
Classroom Mural for Newcomer Immigrant StudentsPor Cole Margen October 2021
bodyfabricPor Octavia Rose Hingle July 2021
ROOTED: STORIES OF BELONGINGPor Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama June 2021
2 Hot 4 Hoodies Binder GiveawayPor Cal Calamia May 2021
Corps de Ballet - Ballet's effects on BodiesPor Katherine Hutchinson April 2021
Ecology Center's Farm BoxPor Marcel Ramos March 2021
Walking WatershedsPor Elizabeth Dougherty February 2021
Women Who Ride, Short Documentary FilmPor Jessica Jones January 2021
Keep Kids LearningPor Sia Magadan December 2020
Pay It ForwardPor Diana Wu December 2020
Open E.A.R.S. For ChangePor Terri Le November 2020
AFROKIN Film FestivalPor Jeffrey Yip October 2020
creAItivityPor Stella Chen September 2020
The Queer ChoirPor Phoebe Sanders August 2020
Covid-Affected Period Poverty Initiative TeamPor Ethan Ye July 2020
Achieve Academy Summer Literacy ProgrammingPor Eloise Schrier June 2020
Bay Area Mask Making and Distribution ProjectPor Rachel Sadd May 2020
COVID-19 Response in the Black CommunityPor Tur Ha Ak April 2020
Round WeatherPor Chris Kerr March 2020
Sick and Disabled Zine and Craft Fair (SAD)Por Charles Manzano March 2020
Arsola's Census Hard-to-Count Outreach ProjectPor Laura McCoy February 2020
Homeless ShadowsPor Suzi Garner January 2020
Stop Gap Rescue for Black StudentsPor Tasha Keeble December 2019
Bay Area Queer Zine FestPor Maira M McDermott November 2019
Freewheel! A Bike Club for Girls and GNC YouthPor Nora Dye October 2019
East Bay Creeks' Walk and ChalkPor Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty September 2019
Two Fall Exhibitions by CTRL+SHFT CollectivePor Sophia Schultz August 2019
Dignity BagsPor Tyler Bevington July 2019
Homeless First community screeningsPor Anna Karewicz June 2019
Nyamdu-Dro Mentorship ProgramPor Tenzing Dolma and Nawang Chokyi May 2019
Hoover Elementary: Writer to AuthorPor Jessica Blair April 2019
United Streets of FlowersPor Kiera Jaffin February 2019
Oaktown BallersPor Tony Beaman January 2019
Sketchbook ConnectionPor Sonia Wallach (with William James Association) December 2018
Planting Justice: Grow Food, Grow Jobs, Grow CommuPor Gavin Raders November 2018
Access-Centered MovementPor Jess Dene Schlesinger October 2018
The 10th Annual Oscar Grant VigilPor Oscar Grant Foundation September 2018
Creating Freedom Movements: more justice, more joyPor Cecilia Lucas August 2018
The Pan African Festival (PAF)Por Travis Watts July 2018
Good Grief ZinePor Nicole M Wisler June 2018
Ballet for Black & Brown BodiesPor Alyah Baker May 2018
Graffiti Camp for GirlsPor Nina Wright April 2018
Roots and WingsPor Emma Brown and Mara Lea Brown March 2018
Visiting Artists Program for Howard ElementaryPor Margaret Fransee February 2018
Contagious SpiritPor Maddy Clifford January 2018
Music for the MassesPor Meghan Dibble December 2017
Haircuts with HeartPor Rebecca Beardsley November 2017
All That I Aspire To BePor Jamila Harris October 2017
Kick Ass Mural: 26th & WestPor Renata Foucré September 2017
Social Justice Sewing AcademyPor Sara Trail August 2017
Non-Fiction High Engagement Texts!Por Kelsi Kane July 2017
Lightning Bolt Community Safety TrainingsPor Katie Loncke June 2017
FIGMENT OaklandPor Rick Abruzzo May 2017
Four Headed RecordsPor Michael Hale April 2017
Anti Lab: A Creative Resistance Resource CenterPor Sarah Burke March 2017
Resistance is Love in ActionPor Angie Wilson February 2017
Punks with Lunch — West OaklandPor Alejandra Del Pinal, Grant Gleason, Marlo Habeeb January 2017
Frailty Myths Workshop Tool SetsPor Erinn Carter November 2016
Free Annual Halloween Marionette ShowPor Larry Schmidt October 2016
7TH ANNUAL EAST BAY ALTERNATIVE BOOK AND ZINE FESTPor ARA CHRISTINA JO September 2016
Fleet Farming Oakland ExpansionPor Justin Vandenbroeck August 2016
Through The WallsPor Jennie-Sue Nuccio July 2016
Legal Clinic Day - Advanced Directives for AllPor Kristina Dolgin June 2016
The How Spirit Moves Us Project:Por 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!