Community Response Fund Application Process


The project can be new or support ongoing work and must:

  • take place within Oakland city limits
  • be grounded in leadership from communities of color
  • be connected to long-term racial justice building in Oakland
  • clearly respond to community need in today’s particular racial justice context
  • be rooted in a specific group, formation, collective or community in Oakland
  • be completed within three months of a grant award.

Proposals that focus on healing should touch on one or more of the following themes:

  • healing practices that are accessible and particularly relevant to communities of color
  • the importance of healing, wellness, and self-care for people of color on the front lines of racial justice movement building
  • Responses to racial trauma and intergenerational harm
  • An anti-racist political frame

Proposals that focus on safety should touch on one or more of the following themes:

  • Ideas should contribute to the discourse that shifts thinking and discussion on race from notions of “colorblindness,” “diversity,” or “discrimination” to insight and comprehension about structural racism
  • Notions of safety that present alternatives to the current system of prisons, policing and, criminal justice
  • Efforts to build communities free of state violence, through actively confronting and challenging the violence against people of color rooted in the criminal justice system, police, prisons, homeland security, ICE, and other instruments of the state
  • Promotion of community self-determination, cohesion, and mutual support
Eligibility requirements
  • Grant recipients must have 501(c) 3 status or be a fiscally sponsored project. Akonadi is continuing its partnership with the Social Good Fund, which will waive its normal fiscal sponsorship fees to groups that have been approved for a So Love Can Win grant. If you need a fiscal sponsor, please contact Iris Garcia: Iris [at] to discuss options
  • Proposals must demonstrate that the project is part of and/or rooted in a particular group, formation, collective, or community
  • Akonadi will not grant funds for:
    • Political advocacy efforts for or against a political candidate, ballot measure, or bill
    • Projects that are solely or primarily fundraisers
    • General operating support
    • 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
    • “Police-community” partnerships
    • Clinical healing/wellness work that lacks a justice frame
Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
To Apply
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, online or via scheduled phone interview, from August 31 through November 15, 2017
  • Applicants will receive a decision within 10 business days of the  application’s submission
  • Checks will be mailed to successful applicants within 10 business days of receipt of a signed contract
  • A brief report will be required from grantees and can be submitted in writing or via scheduled phone interview

You can apply either online or via scheduled phone interview. Please find application link or sign up for a phone interview time slot:

Online Application

Download sample application questions and criteria for your reference:

Application PDF

If you have questions, please contact Akonadi Program Officer, Iris Garcia: Iris [at]