Rapid Response Fund Application Process

This fund is no longer accepting applications
  • For projects that focus on safety they must
    • Advance ideas of safety that stand as alternatives to the current system of prisons, policing and criminal justice; and/or
    • Seek to build communities free from state violence by actively confronting and challenging policing, surveillance, deportation and imprisonment of people of color
  • For projects that focus on healing they must
    • Uplift healing practices that are accessible and relevant specifically to communities of color to support healing from racial trauma; and/or
    • Honor the importance of healing, wellness and self-care for people of color on the front lines of racial justice movement building to enable them to continue their work
  • Project must take place within Oakland city limits
  • Project must be grounded in leadership from communities of color
  • Project can be new or support ongoing work. It must be clear in the proposal how the project is connected to, in response to, and/or seizes this particular racial justice moment and is rooted in a specific group, formation, collective or community
  • Project must contribute to the discourse that shifts thinking and discussion on race from “colorblind”, “diversity”, or “discrimination” to thinking and discussion about structural racism and root causes of social issues
  • The project must be completed within three months of receiving a grant award
Events eligible for funding include but are not limited to
  • Healing Circles
  • Trainings focused on peer to peer support or community based safety solutions
  • Self-care efforts for frontline racial justice activists
  • Community meetings, events, retreats and convenings focused on racial justice, safety and/or healing in communities of color
  • Neighborhood specific block parties focused on fostering neighborhood-based support accountability
Eligibility requirements
  • Must have 501(c) 3 status or be a fiscally sponsored project. If you are in need of a fiscal sponsor, we encourage groups to contact Michael Pace at Social Good Fund at mdpace [at] socialgoodfund.orgPlease mention that you are applying for So Love Can Win funding, and Social Good Fund will waive their normal fiscal sponsorship fees
  • The proposal must demonstrate that the project is part of and/or rooted in a particular group, formation, collective or community
  • Akonadi will not grant funds to:
    • Political advocacy efforts for or against a political candidate, ballot measure, or bill
    • Projects that are conducted solely or primarily as fundraisers will not be eligible for funding
    • 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
To Apply- this fund is now closed 
You can download application questions and criteria for your reference:

Application PDF

If you have questions, please contact our Grants Manager, Iris Garcia: Iris [at] akonadi.org