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Apply for a Cultural Funding Program Grant

Cultural Funding Program (CFP) Grant Guidelines

Date Posted: April 19th, 2019 @ 10:13 AM
Last Updated: September 21st, 2020 @ 12:04 PM


APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2020; 6:00 PM (PST)

Please click on the links below to access the guidelines and applications:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Denise Pate at dpate@oaklandca.gov or 510-238-7561.


Learn more about the Neighborhood Voices grant at the virtual workshop on September 22, 2020; 12:00-1:30 PM (PST)

This workshop is via teleconference; RSVP to dpate@oaklandca.gov to receive the access link.

A message from Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Division Manager:

Dear Oakland Arts Community:

We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our city. Oakland, along with our country, is responding to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic while simultaneously grappling with historic and systematic racism and injustice. This is a time that calls on all of us to act creatively, collectively, and compassionately.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cultural Funding Program postponed our 2020 Spring call for applications for Individual Artist Projects and Organization Projects. Additionally, Oakland’s 2020-21 Cultural Funding Program allocation by the Budget office was pushed back to the end of June 2020, causing a delay that has resulted in two rounds of grantmaking taking place within the same program year. The First round supported an extension of the Organization Assistance funding that was previously awarded for one year in FY2019-20.

In the face of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the calls for racial equity and the work of realizing a Just City, the Second Round of grantmaking for Individual Artist Projects and Organization Projects will focus on addressing our civic needs, fostering social cohesion, and creating a sense of belonging in a time of physical distance. This investment will further the City of Oakland’s adopted Cultural Plan Belonging in Oakland by reimagining the Neighborhood Voices (VOICES) FY2018-19 pilot grantmaking program for the FY2020-21.

Under the VOICES category, the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program will award 14 Organization Project Grants at $20,000 and 10 Individual Artist Project at $7,000.

Recipients of the Round One, FY20-21 Organization Assistance Awards are not eligible to apply in this round.


Roberto Bedoya, Manager

Cultural Affairs Division