Beloved Community Fund

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Beloved Community Fund has passed. 

We are excited to announce our final round of grants for the Beloved Community Fund. We will award $255,000 in general support grants to organizations that employ a cultural strategy to advance racial justice in Oakland. Moving forward, the foundation will no longer fund one-time events and will engage peer institutions and governmental agencies to grow the overall base of funding for people of color-led arts and cultural institutions in Oakland.

The Beloved Community Fund was founded in 2012 with the goal of investing in efforts that use art and culture to build voice, power, and self-determination in communities of color. Since 2012, the Beloved Community Fund has given $2,319,825 to 196 organizations to support free public art and cultural events for communities of color in Oakland.

The following organizations will be receiving grants of $15,000 each:

Afrocentric Oakland
American Indian Child Resource Center
Afro Urban Society
Fua Dia Congo
Betti Ono
Intertribal Friendship House
Omnira Institute
Peacock Rebellion
The Umoja Festival
BH Brilliant Minds Project, Inc.
Studio Grand
Friends of Lincoln Square
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
American Friends Service Committee (67 Sueños)
Omi Arts Project Space at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery

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Invests in efforts that use art and culture to build voice, power, and self determination in communities of color.

Supports programs in Oakland that affirm and celebrate the collective memory, shared histories, social identities, and cultures of Oakland's communities of color.

Supports movements to mobilize toward the goal of ending the criminalization of people of color in Oakland.


The process of finding grants begins with research. Foundations generally give based on priority area and geographic region. A good first step is to look for funders whose interests match your organization’s mission, programs, populations served, and location.

Foundations generally give to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status. If you don’t have exempt status, consider finding a nonprofit to work with, or to act as your fiscal sponsor.


  1. Bay Area Cultural Funding Opportunities
  2. Artist Service Grants/Professional Development
  3. Fiscal Sponsorship
  4. Grant Seeking Resources
  5. Grassroots Fundraising Resources


1. Bay Area & Statewide Cultural Funding Opportunities

National Arts Funders

Non-Arts Specific Social & Economic Justice Related Projects


Alliance for California Traditional Arts

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is dedicated to supporting and sustaining folk and traditional arts at the statewide level.

Arts Loan Fund

Administered by Northern California Grantmakers, the Arts Loan Fund provides quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties, and to individual artists located in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

Bay Area Video Coalition

The Bay Area Video Coalition inspires social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education, and technology.

Center for Cultural Innovation

The Center for Cultural Innovation promotes knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Creative Work Fund

Administered by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Creative Work Fund is a commissioning program for individual artists and nonprofit organizations in Northern California to create new works through collaboration.

Dancers’ Group

Dancers’ Group is the primary dance service organization of the San Francisco Bay Area, serving artists, the dance community, and audiences through programs and services.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program supports individual artists through residencies to provide uninterrupted time for work, reflection, and collegial interaction in a setting of great natural beauty.

East Bay Community Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation mobilizes financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs.

Emerging Arts Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area

Emerging Arts Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area is a regional network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers through knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and partnerships.


Frameline supports independent LGBT filmmakers through grants, awards, and training, which help ensure that new LGBT films make it to the screen.

genARTS Silicon Valley

genARTS Silicon Valley, a program of Silicon Valley Creates, is dedicated to supporting a network of emerging leaders; preparing and developing its members; and advocating on behalf of tomorrow’s arts leadership community locally, regionally, and nationally.

Headlands Center for the Arts

The Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center that supports artists, the creative process, and the development of innovative ideas and artwork through artist residencies and other programs.

Horizons Foundation

The Horizons Foundation is an LBGT community foundation that provides grants to nonprofit organizations in nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Montalvo Arts Center

The Montalvo Arts Center is a multidisciplinary arts center that engages people in the creative process. Its Lucas Artists Residency Program offers local, national, and international artists time and space to develop their practices.

Native Cultures Fund

Administered by the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Native Cultures Fund supports the renaissance of California Native American arts, culture, sacred sites, and cultural transmission between generations through grants to artists and organizations.

Northern California Community Loan Fund

Northern California Community Loan Fund provides affordable loans, technical assistance, and training programs to nonprofit organizations in Northern California. It specializes in assisting organizations that are seeking to acquire affordable program or office space.

Playwrights Foundation

The Playwrights Foundation is a new play development center that supports writers at all levels through multiple free or low-cost programs.

Queer Cultural Center

The Queer Cultural Center is a multiracial community-building organization that fosters the artistic, economic and cultural development of the Bay Area’s LGBT community by offering support services and commissioning opportunities to queer artists.

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music supports Bay Area performers, composers, and presenters of early music, chamber music, jazz, new music, and creative music.

Theatre Bay Area

Theatre Bay Area is the region’s service organization, dedicated to promoting the visibility and viability of theater in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation’s Special Awards in the Arts is a commissioning grants program for new works by individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Zellerbach Family Foundation

The Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Fund supports individual artists and small budget organization in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties, in the fields of dance, theater, visual arts, music, festivals, poetry, literature, and publications.



Social Good Fund

Intersection for the Arts

NEO Philanthropy


Foundation Center West (San Francisco)
312 Sutter Street, Suite 606
San Francisco, CA 94108-4314
Tel: (415) 397-0902 Fax: (415) 397-7670

Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday: By appointment for group tours and orientations (minimum 15 people), and special events. Call(415) 466-2923 to schedule an appointment.

Foundation Center West Affiliate Location in Oakland:  Oakland Public Library
125 14Th St
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3850

Main URL:

GrantSpace, a service of Foundation Center, Training Resources


Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 808
Oakland CA 94612
Phone: (510) 452-4520

Grassroots Fundraising Journal

In 2018, the average grant size was 7,800 with a total of $500,000 awarded to 64 projects. 

Organization Name
Grant Name
Application Month
Las Hociconas Lab Theatre Arts Residency 2018 Las Hociconas Performance Showcases -Working Title January 10,000
The Oakland Film Society The Oakland International Film Festival January 6,500
BoomShake Music Drumluck: An Ancestral Gathering January 8,500
Oakland Peace Center Disrupting Displacement through Accessible Arts January 8,500
Ubuntu Theater Project, Inc. Dance of the Holy Ghosts by Marcus Gardley January 7,500
BrujaLyfe Brujalyfe Fest March 5,000
Abundant Beginnings Young Activists for May Day- 2018 March 6,500
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Fifth Annual Oakland People’s Pride Wellness Expo March 5,000
Betti Ono The Fire Next Time Project March 15,000
Omnira Institute The 5th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival (BEPF) March 10,000
S.H.A.D.E Movement Empowerment Project: 9th Annual Youth Open Mic March 5,000
The Pasifika Center Reclaiming the Sacred March 7,000
MISSSEY, Inc. Black Girls Dreaming Magic: Rituals & Performance March 7,000
American Friends Service Committee Nuestras Historias: Healing through ARTivism March 15,000
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2018 March 7,500
Urban Peace Movement 510 Day March 5,000
Kua`aina Associates, Inc. Mālama Honua Kaleponi March 8,000
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party African Liberation Day: Justice, Art & Community March 8,500
AYPAL: Building API Community Power AYPAL 20th Annual May Arts Festival March 7,000
One Fam One Fam Art and Culture Program (OFAC) March 15,000
Eastside Arts Alliance Malcolm X Jazz and Arts Festival (MXJAF) March 11,000
Increase the Piece Music Manifestival Increase the Piece Music Manifestival May 3,000
The Unity Council Annual Fruitvale Día de los Muertos Festival May 5,000
Friends of Lincoln Square Lincoln Summer Nights – Oakland Chinatown May 4,000
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) OACC Art Exhibits that Engage, Enliven, and Endure May 6,500
dNaga The GIRL Project: Shine On! May 7,000
Chiapas Support Committee CompArte 2018 : Tiempo de los Pueblos May 2,000
Mam Cultural Festival Mam Cultural Festival May 4,000
The House of Malico Elements Festival May 7,500
The Umoja Festival The Umoja Festival May 10,000
Adamika Village, Inc. 2018 Youngins Art Festival “Peace In The Street “ May 6,000
DelinaDream Productions “Africa in Oakland” Dance Zone May 5,000
Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts Oakland Youth Art Explosion May 10,000
Afrocentric Oakland Pan African Reunion (PAR) May 11,000
BH Brilliant MInds Project Inc. 11th Anniversary Oakland CA Juneteenth Festival May 9,000
Intertribal Friendship House Rooted in Traditions: Cultural Knowledge & Sharing May 8,000
Fist Up Film Festival The 9th Annual Fist Up Film Festival (FUFF) May 6,000
United Roots 4th Annual: Black & Brown Unity Film Festival May 7,500
Hamere Multimedia Inc. Ethiopian Cultural Gathering: GETA TEJ BET May 7,500
Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice Oakland’s Black Cultural Innovators July 7,000
BAMBD Community Devlopment Corp. of Oakland BAMBDFEST 2019 July 11,000
Afro Urban Society Nisa’ Raqs- Women’s Fall Gathering July 11,000
Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company Rasanble! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival 2018 July 6,000
Black August Organizing Committee Liberate Our Minds – Black August 40th Year July 6,000
Dimensions Dance Theater You Never Know – Community Offerings July 8,000
Lower Bottom Playaz Iwa Pele, Path and Destination July 10,500
The Black Woman is God Project The Black Woman Is God(TBWIG): Assembly of Gods July 11,000
I’M POP (intelligentMinds Positive On Purpose) Afro Literacy Conference (AFRO LIT) September 7,000
Attitudinal Healing Connection Durant Mini-Park Arts Festival September 8,000
Oakland Pacific Islander Network Oakland Pacific Islander Celebration September 2,500
Oscar Grant Foundation The 10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil September 15,000
HipHop Scholastics Take Back the Town September 6,000
American Indian Child Resource Center Uplifted: Building upon our Foundation September 6,300
HipHopForChange,Inc Femme Fresh: Female Leadership in Oakland September 7,000
Alena Museum Alena Pop-Up Village November 10,000
Street Level Health Project Sanando las heridas con medicina cultural November 8,500
Embodiment Project Inside/Outside (working title) November 6,000
Native American Health Center Our Existence is our Resistance November 10,000
Liberated Lens Film Collective BLACK: 400 Years in America Film Series November 7,500
Trust Your Struggle Collective The Struggle Continues: Fifteen Years of Artivism November 7,000
Studio Grand Tenets of Humanity November 8,500
The Beat Within The Beat Within Oakland Public Library November 8,000
Spearitwurx Experience Sankofa Project November 7,500
Bushwick Book Club Oakland Bushwick Book Club: Oakland Chapter November 7,200


In 2017, the average grant size was $7,700 with a total of $500,000 awarded to 65 projects.

Organization Name
Grant Name
Application Month
Deep Waters Dance Theater Episode : “Black Women Dreaming” A Ritual Rest January $10,000.00
Higher Gliffs / Community Rejuvenation Project Alice Street Film Symposium January $6,000.00
Movement Generation The North Pole: Political Comedy for The People Community Screenings January $12,000.00
One Fam Bringing Back the Blues to 7th Street 2017! January $9,500.00
OneLife Institute Transformative Visions Community Arts Event January $9,000.00
Afro Urban Society Nisa’ Raqus, Women Dance: Circle and Gathering February $11,260.00
East Oakland Boxing Association EOBA Unity Art Showcase: How We Come Together February $7,500.00
Fist Up Film Festival 8th Annual Fist Up Film Festival February $6,000.00
Fua Dia Congo Fua Is Forever: Community Town Hall Series February $3,600.00
Qulture Collective You’re the Most Beautiful Thing Exhibition and Reading February $6,000.00
Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company Rasanble! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival February $5,000.00
All African Peoples Revolutionary Party African Liberation Day Culture & Community Event March $7,277.00
Art Responders ANTIVIRAL: Countdown to Restorative Justice Exhibition March $5,000.00
Attitudinal Healing Connection ArtEsteem Annual Exhibition March $6,000.00
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) 4th Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo March $8,020.00
Forward Together Trans Life & Liberation: Celebrating Trans & Gende March $15,000.00
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park Day Laborers of Fruitvale Tell Their Stories March $15,000.00
HipHopForChange,Inc Bay Area POC Environmental Summit and Showcase March $7,500.00
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) OACC ExhibitIons – Art to Inspire, Inform, and Transform March $10,500.00
Que Siga La Fiesta Que Siga La Fiesta Art Exhibition March $7,500.00
The Umoja Festival The Umoja Festival March $10,000.00
Uppity Edutainment Father’s Day Celebration March $7,500.00
Zawaya Communities of Color: Resistance and Affirmation March $15,000.00
Alphabet Rockers Rise Shine #Woke: Children’s Music Project April $10,000.00
American Friends Service Committee 67 Sueños: Hatred No, Solidarity Yes! Mural Project April $12,000.00
AYPAL: Building API Community Power 19th Annual May Arts Festival “Rooted In Culture” April $10,000.00
BH Brilliant Minds Project Inc. Oakland’s Juneteenth Festival 10th Year Anniversary April $9,000.00
BrujaLyfe Sudada: to sweat, to release, to cleanse April $5,000.00
Chiapas Support Committee CompARTE 2017 Zapatista Solidarity Festival April $6,500.00
DelinaDream Productions Africa in Oakland Dance Zone April $6,100.00
Eastside Arts Alliance 17th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival April $7,000.00
Embodiment Project Exploring Restorative Justice through the Arts April $12,500.00
Free Me Fast Free Me Fast/Liberame: Poetry and Clothing Design Workshops & an All Ages Hip Hop Show for Oakland Youth of Color April $7,500.00
Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts Oakland Youth Arts Explosion “OYAE!” April $10,000.00
Omi Gallery at Impact Hub Oakland 2017 Breaking the Silence Townhall for Girls & Women of Color April $5,000.00
Omnira Institute 4th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival April $9,000.00
SambaFunk! Oakland Carnival & Community Wellness Festival April $9,000.00
Sones en el Olvido Sones en el Olvido: Son Jarocho Community Workshops & Fandangos April $7,500.00
Time Piece: Simultaneous Contemplations on the Femme Frequency for a Lost and Fertile Planet Time Piece: Simultaneous Contemplations on the Femme Frequency for a Lost and Fertile Planet, Exhibition, Community Artmaking, and Mural with queer femme artist Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski April $7,500.00
TuBeNu Cultural Gatherers “Stop the Violence” Music & Spoken Word Events April $7,500.00
United Roots 3rd Annual Black & Brown Unity Film Festival April $7,500.00
Urban Peace Movement Bursting the School to Prison Pipeline, a Cultural Event for Oakland Youth April $5,000.00
BANTEAY SREI Restoring the Youthful Heart: Oakland Teen Sangha June $8,000.00
BoomShake Music The Streets Are Free June $9,000.00
Friends of Lincoln Square Lincoln Summer Nights June $7,000.00
La Mezcla, A Bay Area Chicanx Dance Company Bruja, An event exploring Chicana history June $2,100.00
Lower Bottom Playaz Behind and Beyond BARS: Story Circles June $9,000.00
MATATU Matatu Festival of Stories June $5,000.00
Pan African Reunion Pan African Reunion June $7,000.00
The Beat Within The Beat Within Oakland Public Library June $7,500.00
Cunamacué Diablos en las Calles de Oakland August $9,500.00
LoveLife Foundation Hands Across the Lake Cultural Community Gathering August $2,500.00
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music ArtsJam Soul Salons August $8,500.00
Oakland Technology and Education Center AfroComicCon Youth Community Day August $7,500.00
Peacock Rebellion Peacock Trans POC Dance and Music Festival August $6,500.00
American Indian Child Resource Center Celebrating Education Warriors 19th Annual Pow Wow October $8,500.00
Bay Area Black Worker Center Jazz & Arts Cultural Series October $6,000.00
Community Theater’s Community Of The Spirit Community Of The Spirit Multigenerational Concert with Jacqueline Hairston October $5,000.00
Lincoln Child Center Kwanzaa Day the Oakland Freedom Schools Way October $6,000.00
Oakland Mind The Summer Solstice Festival October $5,000.00
Qilombo Community Center Revolutionary Kwanzaa October $5,000.00
Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice Evolutionary Blues… West Oakland’s Music Legacy Film Screening October $5,000.00
Seventh Native American Generation SNAG Magazine Release Event at Intertribal Friendship House October $3,500.00
Studio Grand Under Oakland Skies Public Concert Series October $8,500.00
TIGRA: Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action Sweet Taste of Freedom Youth Arts Workshops & Community Exhibition October $4,643.00