Direct Community Grant Program

The Oakland City Council provides support for Oakland based nonprofits and community based organizations who provide direct services or programs to Oakland Residents and who are working to advance the City's racial equity goals. Applications are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5pm.

Program Overview

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The Council is looking to fund community based projects that are aligned with the following City Council Priorities:

  • Affordable Housing & Homelessness Solutions
  • Public Safety & Violence Prevention
  • Good Jobs and Vibrant Economy
  • Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

Organizations can receive grants to help advance racial equity by focusing on priority neighborhoods, creating economic opportunities, and/or promoting health and safety.

Download the RFP

How to Apply

Applications are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5pm and must be submitted through iSupplier.

Nonprofits and Community Based Organizations who wish to apply are required to register in iSupplier. If you are registering for iSupplier for the first time, please allow 1-3 working days for access approval. Please allow ample time to log in, create a response, and upload your proposal well in advance of the 5pm deadline.

Program Timeline

The City anticipates the tentative schedule of events to be as follows:

  • Distribution of RFP January 20, 2023
  • Pre-proposal Meeting January 24, 2023 and January 27, 2023
  • Pre-proposal Workshops* January 31, 2023 and February 13, 2023
  • Submission of RFP March 1, 2023
  • Evaluation of Proposals April 15, 2023
  • Ranking List Established April 15, 2023
  • Mayor’s Budget Released May 1, 2023
  • City Council Budget Released June 1, 2023
  • Biennial Budget Adopted June 30, 2023
  • Grant Award Resolution Adopted July 30, 2023
  • Grant Agreement Negotiated August 30, 2023
  • Grant Agreement Executed September 1-30, 2023

*These pre-proposal workshops will contain a break-out sessions to cover accessing iSupplier.

Join a Pre-Proposal Meeting or Workshop

Virtual Pre-Proposal Meetings:

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 9-10am (Pacific) | Zoom Link
  • Friday, January 27, 2023, at 12-1pm (Pacific) | Zoom Link

In-Person Pre-Proposal Workshops:

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 9am-1pm (Pacific) | RSVP
  • Monday, February 13, 2023, at 9am-1pm (Pacific) | RSVP

Contact Information

The following City staff are available to answer questions regarding this RFP.

Project Managers:

Contract Administrative Analyst:

Contract Compliance Officer: