City of Oakland | City festival grant applications are available in December …

Date posted: November 18, 2021 at 1:55 p.m.
Last update: November 18, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Oakland, California – The City of Oakland has announced that applications will be available on Wednesday, December 1 for its 2021-2022 Cultural Funding Program grants supporting festival activities. The program will distribute $ 234,500 in grants of up to $ 20,000 to help nurture the culture of the festival. Applicants must be based in Oakland and all festival activities must be presented in Oakland between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022. Interested nonprofits can access grant guidelines and application at The application portal will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and the submission deadline is Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 5 p.m.

“After more than 18 months of pandemic restrictions, the people of Oakland are eager to safely gather at cultural celebrations and festivals,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “These grants will support event planners whose programs uplift communities affected by racial or economic disparities.”

To help applicants, Webinars on how to apply will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021 and Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Details on the webinars will be posted on All grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the free webinars. Email at RSVP

The Neighborhood Voices for Festivals grant program aims to bring together Oakland residents to create and support a sense of belonging within a community, fostering social bonds that uplift us, nurture our community well-being, and provide visions for our collective future through the culture of the festival. The program will provide grants of up to $ 20,000 to Oakland-based nonprofits that host festivals in Oakland. Recipients must demonstrate a 1: 1 funding match for City funding.

“This grant opportunity aims to affirm the expression, recognition and understanding of the range of diverse communities that make Oakland unique and vibrant,” said Alexa Jeffress, Director of the Department of Economic Development and Workforce. artwork.

Festivals are defined as in-person events that are free and open to the public, including small-scale events and for the first time at large-scale and established festivals. Events to be supported may include, but are not limited to, cultural heritage practices, dance, music or theater performances, visual and public arts exhibitions / events, and literary presentations that are rooted in a sense of belonging.

The Culture Funding Program relies on a competitive jury to determine award recipients and funding allocations. Among the criteria examined by the panel is a category of racial equity that seeks to direct these grants towards Oakland events that take advantage of cultural opportunities and support programs led by and including communities affected by racial disparities. .

The review committee’s grant recommendations must be approved by the Funding Advisory Committee and City Council prior to contract award.

The Cultural Funding Program is administered by the City’s Cultural Affairs Division. For more information, please visit or contact Raquel Iglesias at (510) 238-2212 or

About the Cultural Affairs Division

The Cultural Affairs Division is housed within the City’s Economic Development and Workforce Department. The division includes the city’s cultural fundraising program, which provides approximately $ 1.5 million in grants to support the arts in Oakland; the Public Art Program, which currently has over $ 1 million in funding dedicated to public art installations across Oakland and staff working on special events and film production permitting.

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James C. Tibbs