We are pleased to announce $850,000 in COVID relief awards for 41 Oakland-based nonprofits that have suffered negative economic impacts, or have pivoted to serve local communities, due to the pandemic. Launched in Fall 2020, The Oakland CARES Nonprofit Grant Fund was funded by the Federal CARE ACT and Community Vision administered the program on behalf of the City of Oakland. In addition to administering the grant fund, Community Vision provided one-on-one support and offered training webinars in both English and Spanish.

The pandemic has further emphasized the extensive socioeconomic inequities so present in our society.

BIPOC communities continue to be hit the hardest by the pandemic. Directing resources to trusted community organizations is critical in supporting local leaders working to affect change.

– Juan Jaimez, Data & Outreach Assistant & coordinator of The Oakland CARES Nonprofit Grant Fund at Community Vision

The one-time grants, ranging from $20,000-$25,000, were awarded to organizations with budgets of less than $1 million that are currently providing vital services to Oakland’s disinvested communities. Priority was given to organizations who could demonstrate deep community roots and established trust and partnerships.

We are deeply grateful that we have been selected as an Oakland CARES grant recipient. Gifts like this help us provide services to women in Oakland. During this time when so much is uncertain, women will be able to count on BlackFemaleProject for support and resources.

– Precious J. Stroud, Founder of the BlackFemaleProject

The City of Oakland received a total of $36.9 million in State of California CARES Act funding. In addition to supporting the city’s nonprofits, funding was provided to small businesses, individual artists and arts nonprofits, and low-income renters and homeowners.

Join us in congratulating the following grantees:

  • A Diamond in The Ruff, Inc
  • ALENA Museum
  • Allen Temple Health & Social Services Ministries
  • Allen Temple Manor
  • Ariel Outreach Mission
  • Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
  • AYPAL: Building API Community Power
  • Bay Area Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • BlackFemaleProject
  • Brown Girl Surf
  • Burma Refugee Family Network
  • Choices for Freedom
  • Cinnamongirl
  • Coolidge Court, Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
  • Courageous Women Association
  • Eritrean Community Cultural and Civic Center
  • Ernestine C. Reems Community Services
  • Faces of the East Bay
  • Friendship Community Development Corporation
  • Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp
  • Hip Hop for Change
  • Hyar Homeless Youth at Risk
  • Interfaith Council of Alameda County
  • King’s Boxing Gym
  • Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
  • Mycelium Youth Network
  • Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center
  • Oakland Indie Alliance
  • Oakland Rising
  • Omni Commons
  • OneLife Institute
  • Safer DIY Spaces
  • San Antonio Community Development Corporation
  • Self-eSTEM
  • Support Life Foundation
  • Tech Exposure & Access through Mentoring
  • Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative
  • Upward Roots
  • Urban University
  • The Veterans Community Media Network
  • Walk Oakland Bike Oakland