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 Friday, March 17, 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

Nonprofit and Community Based Organizations who wish to apply must do so by Friday, March 17, 2023 at 5pm PST (extended from March 1). Applications must be submitted via OpenForms (not through iSupplier). Please follow this link to submit your response: Direct Community Grants Submission Portal, ( See the addendum for full submittal instructions.


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 March 10, 2023
  • Submission of RFP March 17, 2023
  • Evaluation of Proposals April 21, 2023
  • Ranking List Established April 21, 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

Join a Pre-Proposal Meeting or Workshop

Virtual Pre-Proposal Meetings:

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

In-Person Pre-Proposal Workshops:

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 9am-1pm (Pacific)
  • Friday, March 10, 2023, at 9am-1pm (Pacific)

Contact Information

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

Project Managers:

Contract Administrative Analyst:

Contract Compliance Officer: