Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund

A Partnership of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division, Akonadi Foundation, and East Bay Community Foundation



Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us.

Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

Sparking Radical Hope for a Racially Just Oakland

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Moments of profound crisis can turn the world we think we know upside-down, challenge our deepest beliefs, and make us question what we thought was tolerable. Such moments can also spark new visions of how our lives, our city, our country could, and should, be better.

Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund (JCCF) is a funding and support program that recognizes that this moment is an ideal one for asking:

How might we imagine a truly racially just and equitable Oakland where everyone belongs?

To generate an array of possible answers to that provocative question, we turn to community-rooted BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) visionaries, artist activists, and resilient culture keepers to help us imagine new landscapes and narratives, liberate deferred potential, recover old wisdoms, and unleash radical hope.

In this new funding round, Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund will provide two-year grants – ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 per year – and networking support to Oakland-based BIPOC artists/cultural practitioners who work deeply in and with their communities to co-create aspirations to build a racially just city.

The Fund is a unique public-private partnership inspired by the values lifted up in the City of Oakland’s cultural plan, Belonging in Oakland. The partnership brings together the cultural equity vision of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division, the racial justice mission of the Akonadi Foundation, and the commitment to power building of East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF).

Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund is made possible with major funding from the Surdna Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program and additional funding from the Akonadi Foundation and East Bay Community Foundation. Radical Imagination for Racial Justice is Surdna’s national regranting initiative to enable artists of color in partnership with communities to develop imaginings and actions that foster racial justice for those most impacted by systemic racism.

The 2021 application deadline for A Just City Cultural Fund has past.
We are not accepting applications at this time.