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