2018 Beloved Community Fund application is live! Please see the Application Process, Deadlines, and Award Notification Schedule below.
We believe that art and cultural expression can strengthen unity and solidarity in communities by inspiring people to imagine the political and social transformation of their world. Our Beloved Community Fund supports free public art and cultural events that celebrate and are rooted in Oakland’s communities of color, and that advance racial justice.
Invests in efforts that use art and culture to build voice, power, and self determination in communities of color.
Supports projects and events that reclaim public space in Oakland and that affirm and celebrate the collective memory, shared histories, social identities, and cultures of Oakland's communities of color.
Supports people of color gathering and reclaiming public space through cultural exchange in resistance to gentrification and displacement.
Only nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations may apply; individuals may not.
- Project must have strong artistic and cultural component(s).*
- Event must take place within Oakland city limits.
- Event must be open and free to the public (although a limit on number of attendees related to venue is acceptable).
- Project must demonstrate a commitment to celebrating communities of color in Oakland.
- Project must be completed within one year of the grant award date.
- Date of event(s) must be after the award notification date (see award dates below).
- Funds awarded must be spent only on the project specified in the grant application.
- An organization may not receive more than one Beloved Community Fund Grant in a calendar year.
- Akonadi prioritizes investments in cultural strategies that:
- are shaped by, and reflect, the lives of youth of color.
- develop young people’s collective expression of their experiences and visions for their communities;
- support systems change efforts and transform structures.
The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Organizations may also submit applications through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has 501(c)(3) status, is not a private foundation under 509(a), and provides written confirmation of its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.
*By artistic and cultural component we mean the event involves art, artists, and /or cultural workers as an integral part of the event, and/or the event centers indigenous or traditional cultural knowledge and expression rooted in communities of color.
Akonadi Foundation awards project-specific grants ranging from $2,000 – $15,000 for events and projects that advance racial justice in Oakland. In 2017, the average grant size was $7,700 with a total of $500,000 awarded to 65 projects.
- Racial trauma and healing
- Representations of youth of color that combat stereotypes
- Short- and long-term structural effects of police brutality and racial inequity on Black communities in particular and people of color generally.
Funding is not limited to these areas. We also invite proposals from projects/events that meet the eligibility requirements and the purpose of the Beloved Community Fund but fall outside these specific areas.
What kind of events do you fund?
- Community celebrations/gatherings
- Cross-racial/multi-racial/cultural exchanges
- Healing clinics
- Historic commemorations
- Media projects that include a public cultural event
- Series of arts/cultural workshops that include a public cultural event
- Public art projects that include a public cultural event
What will not receive funding?
- Political advocacy efforts for or against a candidate, ballot measure, or bill
- Events conducted solely or primarily as fund-raisers
- Requests for general operating support
- Requests from religious, labor, fraternal, athletic, or political organizations
- Projects based in public or private educational institutions (K-12, private schools, and universities)
- More than one proposal per organization (except for fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of more than one organization)
- Multiple proposals for components of the same festival, event, or project
- Complete the Eligibility Quiz to see if you qualify.
- If you successfully complete the eligibility quiz, you will receive a link to our online application. Applications are accepted only through Akonadi Foundation’s online grants system.
- Once you complete and submit the application, you will receive an email with the grant status on the Award Notification Date.
- If a project was not awarded funds, an organization may not reapply for the same project but may apply for funding for a completely new and separate project.
- If you are approved, you will receive your grant award once you return the signed grant contract to us.
2018 Deadlines and Award Notification Schedule
PROPOSAL DUE DATE
Due by 11:59 PM!
|AWARD NOTIFICATION DATE|
|Fri 1/19/18||Mon 2/12/18|
|Fri 3/16/18||Mon 4/9/18|
|Fri 5/11/18||Mon 6/4/18|
|Fri 7/6/18||Mon 7/30/18|
|Fri 8/31/18||Mon 9/24/18|
|Fri 11/9/18||Mon 12/3/18|
February 2018 BCF Grant Award List
(5 Grants, Total Dispersed: $34,500.00)
Drumluck: An Ancestral Gathering, Boomshake Music, $8,500
Date: March 18 and May 1, 2018
Location: Uptown & East Oakland, Humanist Hall and Fruitvale Plaza, respectively
Drumluck is an intergenerational gathering centering Oakland’s womxn, youth, and families to share/learn ancestral traditions and drum for cultural survival and social change. By sharing the history and context of each activity, we remind ourselves that we are seen, heard, and our ancestors not forgotten, so we can strengthen community, celebrate our cultures, and heal racial trauma.
Las Hociconas Performance Showcases & Open Mic, Las Hociconas Lab Theater Arts Residency 2018, $10,000
Date: March 8th (International Womxn’s Day) & March 9th, 2018
Location: Grand Lake, Studio Grand
Las Hociconas Lab Residency is a sacred creative space for transitional age young adult cis-womxn, queer, trans and gender expansive artists of color (20 – 35 yrs old) to share their stories and family histories; examine themes of home, gentrification, migration, and changing communities; and develop new works to be shared with the community. Las Hociconas Culminating Performance Showcases will take place at Studio Grand on March 8th (International Womxn’s Day) and March 9th, 2018. The performances are free and intended to serve and welcome local residents of Oakland with a focus on creating open public performances that are accessible to all, including families and individuals, especially artists, of working class to low-income backgrounds, people of color native to the Bay Area, and immigrant communities. Our public performances will profile the Lab’s cohort of young emerging artists of color, as well as some of the guest artists of the Residency, and will include an open mic portion to amplify other voices of color in the community. Many of the Lab participants are Oakland residents.
Disrupting Displacement through Accessible Arts, Oakland Peace Center, $8,500
Location: North Oakland, Oakland Peace Center
Black Artist, writer, and pasteur Marvin K. White, a native of Oakland, began to envision how a community series highlighting lesser known but radical and innovative artists of color could help community members enter into a conversation on displacement through a different lens; a lens of celebration of the gifts that make our community rich. The Series led by Oakland-native artists of color will take place at the Oakland Peace Center and raise the theme of cultural preservation in order to connect community members with what makes Oakland so vibrant and provide opportunities for them to engage in a conversation on displacement, featuring visual, musical, and spoken word art. It will also feature the work of Marvin K. White and other queer artists or color from the community.
The Oakland International Film Festival, The Oakland Film Society, $6,500
Date: April 3 – 7, 2018
Location: Uptown/Downtown, Various Locations
The 16th Oakland International Film Festival will take place at various venues in the City of Oakland. The theme this year is MLK 50 – Representing 50 years Since the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with the question: “Where Do We Go From Here?,” the title of Martin Luther King’s last book he authored 51 years ago, after the Civil rights bill was signed. Films that promote social justice will be highlighted to inspire future generations to learn from our collective past of struggle as we move forward. Free screenings will take place at Oakland’s City Hall and other venues in the downtown area including Geoffrey’s Inner Circle. Free screenings will also take place at various venues on April 7th.
Dance of the Holy Ghosts by Marcus Gardley, Ubuntu Theater, $7,500
Date: March 9 – 31, 2018
Location: North Oakland, Oakland Peace Center
The Ubuntu Theater Project’s West Coast Premiere production of Marcus Gardley’s Dance of the Holy Ghosts intends to serve Oakland and Bay Area audiences, especially the African American community and other communities of color. Dance of the Holy Ghosts examines racial trauma and healing across multiple generations of a Black family, through the lenses of narrative, gospel music, and memory. The production profiles the work of West Oakland native African American playwright Marcus Gardley and features a 29-person ensemble of African American artists.
In 2017, the average grant size was $7,700 with a total of $500,000 awarded to 65 projects.
|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|