For activities that will take place between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 (Six months)
Deadline: October 15, 2020; 6pm PST
$7,000 Grants to Oakland-based Individual Artists
PURPOSE Neighborhood Voices (VOICES) builds belonging within the dynamic neighborhoods of the City of Oakland by supporting culturally-engaging efforts to bring our city's community members together to foster cohesion during a time of social distancing.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION VOICES amplifies the cultural expressions, stories, histories, and heritage found within Oakland's neighborhoods-particularly neighborhoods and their community members who historically have not received equitable investments of resources or recognition.
VOICES seeks applications from INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS who are cultural practitioners seeking to engage Oakland-based community builders to develop neighborhood vibrancy and cohesion that culminates in a local, public outcome for the benefit of the community
Examples of Oakland-based community builders: social service organizations, civic/neighborhood/family associations, community development agencies, youth groups, Oakland Unified School District public and charter schools, senior centers, or community groups.
Examples of Oakland-based cultural practitioners: traditional culture bearers, artist and "artivists", as well as storytellers, community historians, cultural centers, visual and performing arts spaces, community arts education non-profits, or others who are knowledgeable of culturally-specific practices, history, or heritage.
Engagement projects to be supported may include, for example:
Cultural activities including, but not limited to, performances in dance, music or theater, visual art and public arts projects, classes, workshops, exhibitions, and literary activities that are rooted in a sense of place and are responsive to our COVID-19 conditions (ex. a decorated bike parade, a virtual walking tour, an online folk performance series, or a digital civic art project);
Artist residencies or apprenticeships that engage young people from a specific neighborhood through long-term, in-depth interaction in educational settings including Oakland Unified School district or charter schools, libraries, public housing communities, youth development centers, and social service agencies and are responsive to COVID-19 conditions.
Applications from the following are encouraged:
Activities that lift-up the cultural identity of a people or the historical significance of a neighborhood
Artists who will engage with racial/ethnic-specific communities or other types of communities that are under-recognized or lack visibility in Oakland;
Artists that will reach neighborhoods with few formal cultural resources (such as, cultural centers, performance venues, art galleries, cultural education programs, etc.);
Programming that fosters inter-generational activities that bring together elder and young people in the process of creating together for a broader audience;
Artists who are deeply grounded and engaged in the neighborhood where the project is based.
ELIGIBILITY Please carefully review the following eligibility requirements. If you are a first-time applicant or have questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Cultural Funding Coordinator at (510) 238-7561.
1. Applicant must be based in Oakland at the time of the application and maintain Oakland residency throughout the grant period.
2. Proof of applicant’s residency is required and may be satisfied by submitting a copy of one of the following: utility bill (landline phone bill, rental/mortgage agreement, PG&E, water, or cable bill)
REQUEST AMOUNT FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS:
$7,000 per applicant No matching funds are required
Only one application to this category is allowed annually per individual and per project.
Artistic and administrative personnel fees
Office, rehearsal or necessary rental space
General office supplies related to the project
Marketing, promotion and publicity expenses
Activities occurring outside of Oakland
Social functions, parties, receptions and/or fundraising events
Food and beverages
Operating expenses for commercial facilities
Major equipment purchases ($750 and above)
Capital construction and/or acquisitions
Activities with a political or religious purpose
EVALUATION AND SCORING for INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS A qualified, review panel will evaluate applications based on the criteria listed below
CLARITY OF PROJECT AND PURPOSE (30 points maximum)
Clear articulation of whose voice needs to be heard and why
Strength and appropriateness of the partnership
Potential of project to empower the neighborhood(s)/community(s) addressed
CULTURAL/PROGRAMMATIC QUALITY (30 points maximum)
Understanding of and history with the neighborhood(s)/community(s) addressed
Quality and appropriateness of activities (Do they enhance understanding of and respect for cultural practices and heritages?)
Qualifications of key cultural personnel
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (20 points maximum)
Artist's ability and commitment to engaging historically under-served communities
Ability to foster cross-community engagement
Quality and depth of engagement plans
FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT (20 points maximum)
Clarity and appropriateness of project budget
Clarity and appropriateness of engagement methods, and roles and responsibilities
Qualifications of key administrative personnel
ONLINE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: You may only submit your application through our online system.
After reviewing the guidelines, begin your application by clicking the “Submit Response” button at the top right. Don’t panic: This will NOT SUBMIT your application, but will allow you to begin filling out the fields and reading the application questions. The application is formatted in web-based forms, and as you input your work it will be auto-saved by the Screendoor system.
You will be asked to provide your Applicant Registry Profile, the “Reach” of your requested grant, the number of “Events” to be funded, and a Project Budget. There is also an important section where you will asked to provide information about your project in a narrative format. Below the narrative questions, you will find the Attachment section. Please remember to attach all required documents.
When you complete your application (filling out the form and attaching the required documents), you will see a button at the bottom of the page. This is will submit your application. NARRATIVE QUESTIONS (100-300 words/per question)
1. DESCRIBE THE PROJECT FOR WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING FUNDING
2. EXPLAIN HOW THIS PROJECT BUILDS "BELONGING" WITHIN THE DYNAMIC NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND
3. EXPLAIN THE REASON FOR THIS PROJECT: How will this project affirm the expression, recognition, and understanding of the array of diverse communities that make Oakland unique, vibrant, and resilient?
4. DESCRIBE YOUR PLANS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROJECT: Tell us about your planning process, marketing and outreach
5. TARGET AUDIENCE/PARTICIPANTS: Who will be reached and how will they be involved?
6. NEIGHBORHOOD RESILIENCE: How will this project strengthen and empower the neighborhood(s) addressed?
7. PROJECT PARTNERS: Give a brief description of each partner, why each was chosen and describe their role in the project
8. KEY PERSONNEL: Provide a narrative overview of the lead artist and/or key team members for this project.
You will be asked to upload following FILES/ATTACHMENTS:
Work Sample: One (1) VIDEO or one (1) AUDIO sample, up to five (5) minutes in length, or a LITERARY sample of up to five (5) pages or less, or up to three (3) image files.
Work Biographiesof key artistic and administrative project personnel (Attachment A). Create a brief paragraph for these people or organizations, explaining their professional background and role in this project. Combine into one document.
List of Art Activities/Programming (Attachment B) produced by you during the last fiscal or calendar year, including name and location of activity.
Supplemental Materials (Attachment C) that support your professional work and profile. Up to four (4) pages, combined into one document.
Proof of Residency (Attachment D) This will establish your Oakland residency. Acceptable documents include a utility bill (landline phone bill, PG&E bill, mortgage page, rental agreement, or bank statement).
PLEASE NOTE:By submitting a grant application to the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program through this website, you acknowledge and accept that your application materials will become a public record of the City of Oakland.
If you have any questions about the grant guidelines or eligibility, please contact Cultural Funding Coordinator Denise Pate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 238-7561. For any technical questions about the online application form, click on the Contact Support button at right, or email email@example.com