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Supporting Cultural Strategies

We recognize the ability of the arts to both inspire and unify communities. We believe in the power of culture and art to both increase civic engagement for social change and build stronger communities and neighborhoods. EBCF has been a long time proponent of the arts as is demonstrated through our partnerships with our generous donors and fellow foundations that work to support the arts across Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Storytelling, arts, and cultural practices have always been important tools for survival, healing, and resistance. These creative expressions build community resilience and power, and they give voice, agency, and visibility to communities most harmed by oppression.


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Belonging In Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund

Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund is a multi-year program to fund Oakland cultural practitioners of color to radically reimagine a racially just city.

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East Bay Fund for Artists

Since its creation in 2003, the East Bay Fund for Artists has partnered with more than 9,500 community donors and more than 200 organizations to commission new works by over 300 local artists.

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Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund Announces New Grantees

For the fund’s first time, three projects were awarded three-year grants of $100,000 per year for collaborations across Oakland-based cultural and social change organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

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East Bay Fund for Artists Announces 2023 Awardees

East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) announced the 2023 awardees of the East Bay Fund for Artists (EBFA), which will provide $285,500 to 15 individual artists and nine to organizations.

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Funding the Connective Tissue of Communities

Tommy Wong, founder of Civic Design Studio, is a testament to the unique benefit of unrestricted grants for art that drives narrative and social change.

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