Direct Community Grant Program

The Oakland City Council supports Oakland-based nonprofits and community-based organizations that provide direct services or programs to Oakland Residents and are working to advance the City's racial equity goals.

Grant Awards

Grant applications are currently under review by Council.

Grant awards will be discussed at the September 19, 2023, City Council meeting.

Program Overview

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The Council is looking to fund community based projects that are aligned with the following City Council Priorities:

  • Affordable Housing & Homelessness Solutions
  • Public Safety & Violence Prevention
  • Good Jobs and Vibrant Economy
  • Clean, Healthy, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

Organizations can receive grants to help advance racial equity by focusing on priority neighborhoods, creating economic opportunities, and/or promoting health and safety.

Download the RFP

Application Process - Closed

The 2023 Direct Community Grant application period has closed. Nonprofit and Community-Based Organizations who wish to apply in the future must register in iSupplier for future notifications.


Program Tentative Timeline

The City anticipates the tentative schedule of events to be as follows:

  • Distribution of RFP January 20, 2023
  • Pre-proposal Meeting January 24, 2023 and January 27, 2023
  • Pre-proposal Workshops January 31, 2023 and March 10, 2023
  • Submission of RFP March 17, 2023
  • Evaluation of Proposals April 21, 2023
  • Eligibility List Established May 1, 2023
  • Mayor’s Budget Released May 1, 2023
  • City Council Budget Released June 1, 2023
  • Biennial Budget Adopted June 26, 2023
  • Grant Award Resolution Adopted September 19, 2023
  • Grant Agreement Negotiated September 30, 2023
  • Grant Agreement Executed October 1-31, 2023

Join a Pre-Proposal Meeting or Workshop

Virtual and In-Person Pre-Proposal Meetings:

  • Pre-proposal meetings for the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Direct Community Grant program will be posted in the fall of 2023.

Contact Information

The following City staff are available to answer questions regarding this RFP.

Project Managers:

Contract Administrative Analyst:

Contract Compliance Officer: