Apply for a DVP Mini-grant

The DVP Mini-Grant application is now open. All applications are due on Thursday, November 3, 2022 by midnight.

Date Posted: October 3rd, 2022 @ 4:53 PM
Last Updated: November 9th, 2022 @ 1:42 PM

Application Overview

The Department of Violence Prevention (DVP) applies a public health approach to violence prevention focused on community-led intervention strategies to realize sustained safety and stability of the families and communities most impacted by violence. DVP funds the Community Healing & Restoration strategy. This strategy aims to lift-up the wisdom of people closest to the violence and deepen their skills to promote healing through community-led outreach activities and events.

Violence Prevention Mini-Grants support innovative, resident-led and community-based violence reduction projects. Healing and growth happen best when community leads the way.

Applications are due by midnight on Thursday, November 3, 2022.

Over $475,000 in Mini-Grant funding from the City of Oakland’s DVP will be administered by community partner Youth Leadership Institute (yli). Mini-Grants of up to $15,000 for small non-profit organizations (with an annual budget of less than $500,000) and up to $5,000 for individuals (with an identified fiscal sponsor) will be awarded. A committee of Oakland community members has been nominated to read and review the proposals based upon the scoring rubric available here. Award announcements are anticipated in early December 2022.

Important Dates

  • Application Available
    • Monday, October 3, 2022
    • Mini-Grant Information Sessions
    • Virtual
      • Date, time - Monday 10/17, 6:30-8:00 pm
      • Location – Recording to be posted soon
    • East
      • Date, Time - Monday 10/24, 6:00-7:30 pm
      • Location – United Lutheran Church, 8800 Fontaine St., Oakland, CA 94605
    • West
      • Date, Time - Tuesday 10/25, 5:30-7:00 pm
      • Location – West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline St., Oakland, CA 94607
    • Central
      • Date, Time – Wednesday 10/26, 5:30-7:00 pm
      • Location – Youth Employment Partnership, 2300 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94601
    • Virtual
  • Deadline for Questions
    • Friday, October 28, 2022
  • Application Due
    • Thursday, November 3, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements

Project Eligibility:

  • Projects must promote safety and healing along with norms about reducing violence in the Oakland region applicants apply to in alignment with the Funding Principles included below.
  • Projects must directly benefit Oakland residents in focus neighborhoods identified.
  • Projects and/or events must be free of charge and open to all.
  • Projects must be completed on or before September 30, 2023.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Small non-profit organizations (with annual budgets less than $500,000) and individual community members can apply.
  • Preference will be given to residents of the neighborhoods most impacted by violence. However, organizations or individuals doing work in Oakland communities are still encouraged to apply.
  • Organizations/Individuals may only be awarded one grant per fiscal year.
  • An adult ally must be identified for applicants under the age of 18 years old.

DVP Focus Neighborhoods

Map of DVP Focus Neighborhoods
Map of DVP Focus Neighborhoods

Funding Principles

Department of Violence Prevention’s (DVP) Community Healing Mini-Grant funds seek to prioritize projects that uplift the following principles.

  1. PROMOTE SAFETY AND HEALING: All projects must promote safety and healing in Oakland to change norms around violence and the stigma around seeking support and healing.
  2. CENTERS MOST-IMPACTED: Projects led by those most impacted by gun/group/ gang violence, gender-based violence (e.g. Intimate partner violence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation), and/or other types of violence in Oakland will be given priority.
  3. ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY BUILDING AND COLLECTIVE HEALING: Projects that promote community empowerment, invest in leadership opportunities for people at the center of violence and uplift homegrown, cultural healing practices.
  4. STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: Projects that offer collaborative opportunities for neighborhood residents to come together to improve healing and well-being in their neighborhoods.
  5. DEMONSTRATE BENEFICIAL IMPACT: Projects should demonstrate direct, achievable benefits that have a positive community impact.

Funding Categories

The following categories suggest the types of projects that may be funded but are not the only things that can be funded. All projects must focus on reducing and healing from violence in Oakland. Be creative with what you propose.

Healing Practices Events and Activities Healing through Art Supporting Community Members

Healing circles and other practices

  • Grief and recovery ceremonies
  • Conflict circles and mediation
  • Restorative justice practices

Marches and Vigils

Culturally specific practices focused on particular populations

  • Sexually exploited women and girls

Native American or other indigenous practices

Cultural Celebrations

Potlucks or community dinners

Sports events

  • Basketball tournaments
  • Field day

Reclaiming spaces

  • Evening park events

Block parties/BBQs

Mural projects

  • Memorials
  • Themes promoting peace

Dancers and/or drumming/Music

Design and screen printing

  • Teaching and training community members

Meal ‘trains’ for families who lose a loved one

Care baskets and/or support for families experiencing loss from violence

  • Food and hygiene kits
  • Support groups

Neighborhood beautification

  • Addressing blight

Coordinating volunteer days

Please note: Mini-grants cannot be used for projects that benefit one person or family, such as micro-loans to start or expand a business. Projects should benefit the Oakland community and families and loved ones most impacted by violence. Support for small businesses is available at City of Oakland | Manage Your Small Business (

Submission Requirements

Applications must be submitted through this link (English) and include the following to be considered for review.

  • A completed General Information sheet with two different contacts. (Individuals are encouraged to apply even if they have not yet identified a fiscal sponsor to support financial disbursements.)
  • A Project Summary in written or video form that addresses all three questions.
  • A Project Budget that includes all costs and the total amount requested to complete the Mini-Grant project.

All applications will be reviewed and scored using the criteria available here.


Questions regarding the DVP Mini-Grant application process can be submitted by e-mail to The deadline to submit questions is Friday, October 28, 2022 - at 5:00 p.m.