This fund is now closed, and all awards have been committed.
Through So Love Can Win, Akonadi Foundation provides rapid-response general support grants to Oakland’s organizers, storytellers, culture bearers, and healers who seek to ignite and implement a radical collective vision of freedom and justice.
Between April and July 2020, So Love Can Win approved over 90 grants totalling $1.1 million to Oakland healers, journalists, culture-makers and movement organizations.
- Rapid-response grants up to $10,000
- Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis
- One-time flexible general support grants on a rolling basis, until the funds are exhausted
WHO CAN APPLY
In order to apply for a 2020 So Love Can Win grant, applicants must:
- Be an organization, group, formation or collective
- Be based in Oakland
- Be committed to dismantling anti-Black racism
- Be led by Black, Indigenous, people of color
- Demonstrate a history of work with Black, Indigenous, people of color in Oakland
- Have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. 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] akonadi.org to discuss options.
- And employ at least one of the following strategies:
Akonadi Foundation will prioritize grant support to the following:
- Organizations with budgets under $500,000.
- Organizations that advance the leadership of women, trans, queer and non-binary communities; immigrant and undocumented communities; and formerly/currently incarcerated people and their families.
Base-building organizations who mobilize, support, develop, and build power with their members.
Cultural formations that use culture and art as a tool for collective healing, racial justice movement building, and practices of communal joy.
Healing justice collectives and organizations providing accessible and relevant healing, wellness and self-care practices using an anti-racist political frame.
Oakland focused journalism with stories that highlight the racial impact of the pandemic and the anti-racist freedom struggle of Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and use their platform to promote community leadership, mutual aid, and cultural resilience.
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting July 1, 2020, and ending September 15, 2020, or until funds are exhausted.
- Applicants may apply online or through a scheduled phone interview with Akonadi Foundation program staff. Link below.
- Phone interviews are intended for applicants with accessibility barriers and/or limited technology, as well as applicants who have never applied for a grant.
- No email applications will be accepted.
- Applicants will receive a decision within two weeks of submitting the application.
- Checks or electronic transfers will be sent to approved grantees within five business days of receipt of a signed contract.