Oct 02, 2018

Over $1 Million in Cultural Funding Grants Awarded

On September 17, 2018, the Oakland City Council approved $1,131,254 in fiscal year 2018-19 grants to Oakland-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists through the City’s Cultural Funding Program. The 79 arts grants range from $4,999 to $37,500 and have been awarded to 69 different recipients.

Nov 29, 2018

Two Pilot Cultural Funding Initiatives Launched

Applications for Cultural Strategists-in-Government, Neighborhood Voices being accepted through Jan. 7

As part of the first steps in implementing the new Cultural Plan, the City of Oakland announced two new pilot Cultural Funding initiatives today that will advance cultural equity, belonging and well-being for all the communities of Oakland. Both initiatives are accepting application through January 7, 2019. Details and links to the online applications can be found at http://bit.ly/PilotInitiatives.


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Deadline: January 7, 2019

The Cultural Affairs Division of the Economic and Workforce Development Department of the City of Oakland seeks Cultural Strategists-in-Government to advance transformational change in City government and Oakland’s communities to advance equity. The CSIG program will embed cultural strategists within City departments and offices to work in partnership with staff, project partners, and/or community stakeholders to address community issues in creative ways and bring fresh perspectives to government practices and problem-solving. Those wishing to submit an application to be considered for the CSIG program must choose only one of the five (5) proposed projects and should choose the one that best fits their experience, skills, and interests. Five (5), $10,000 professional services contracts will be awarded. Proposed projects are outlined in the application guidelines.

Guidelines and Application available at:


How-to-Apply Workshops Oakland City Hall

Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 12 noon AND 6pm

Friday, December 7, 2018; 12 noon

RSVP: dpate@oaklandca.gov


Neighborhood Voices (VOICES) is a pilot grant program seeking to lift up seldom-heard voices of Oakland’s neighborhoods by supporting the expression, recognition, and understanding of the array of diverse communities that make Oakland unique, vibrant, and resilient. VOICES seeks applications from culture-centered partnerships between community builders and cultural practitioners that are focused on building neighborhood vibrancy and community cohesion.

Examples of cultural practitioners: traditional culture bearers, artists/Artivists, storytellers, community historians, cultural centers, visual and performing arts spaces, or others who are knowledgeable of culturally-specific practices, history, or heritage. Applicants must have non-profit status and can be an arts or non-arts organization, but projects must involve cultural practitioners rooted in the community.

Guidelines and Application available at:


How-to-Apply Workshops

Monday, November 26, 2018; 12 noon at Oakland City Hall

Saturday, December 8, 2018; 11am at East Oakland Youth Development Center located at 8200 International Blvd

Monday, December 10, 2018; 12 noon at Oakland City Hall

RSVP: dpate@oaklandca.gov


Organization Project Support Program The Organization Project Support category supports Oakland-based nonprofit organizations producing art activities in Oakland that culminate in a local public outcome for the benefit of the community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, performances of dance, theater, music, exhibitions, classes and workshops.

Individual Artist Project Support Program The Individual Artist Project Support category supports Oakland resident individual artists producing art activities in Oakland that culminate in a local public outcome for the benefit of the community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to performances of dance, theater, and music, exhibitions, classes and workshops.

Art in the Schools Program The Art in the Schools category exposes young people in the Oakland public schools to quality, hands-on arts experiences in the school setting to educate them about the process of creating and producing arts, and to support and enhance the classroom curriculum. Funds will support arts residencies on the school site before, during or after school hours wherein there is a long-term, in-depth interaction between professional artists and an ongoing group of students.

Organizational Assistance Program (This grant category is on a two-year cycle) The Organizational Assistance Program (OAP) supports Oakland-based 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations producing ongoing art and cultural activities that may include, but are not limited to, performances in dance, music or theater, classes and workshops, and exhibits, for the benefit of the community. The OAP is designed to promote the health and stabilization of Oakland’s nonprofit arts and culture providers. There are two levels to the Organizational Assistance Program: Level I– Strategic Development Support, and Level II – General Operating Support.

Application Process

Applications for Fiscal Year 2019-20 will be available in March 2019.


The Funding Advisory Committee (FAC) of the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program is a volunteer advisory body to staff and City Council in matters relating to the program's annual recommended grant awards; policies and procedures for review or applications and award of grants to Oakland-based artists, cultural organizations, and schools; and development of additional revenue streams to support Oakland-based arts activities.

See our Funding Advisory Committee page for additional information about the committee and to download agendas and minutes.

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