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Arts for Oakland Kids (OAK) Grant

Grants to California Public Schools in
Eligible Regions for Hands-On Arts Programs

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Arts for Oakland Kids (AOK)

Deadline Date:

01/20/20 11:59 PST Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to California public schools in eligible regions for hands-on arts opportunities for students in grades K-12. Programs must be held on a school campus or at an off-site location in coordination with a public school. Qualifying programs have a hands-on arts education component in which children participate in the direct experience of creating art. Programs must take place in Oakland.

Please note that programs must be supported by the school principal with an active participation of a school liaison to ensure the program’s success.

To be considered, programs must:

  • Provide hands-on arts education programs in which children participate in the direct experience of creating art.
  • Be supported by the school principal with active participation of a school liaison (for example, a classroom teacher, after-school director, administrator, etc.) to ensure the program’s success.
  • Be conducted at a school (or schools) or at an off-site location in conjunction with a school.
  • Serve students that attend under-resourced OUSD-run public schools

What is funded:

  • AOK only funds programs in which each child actively participates in creating art.
  • No minimum number of students is required. Programs are evaluated individually based on general merit.
  • Programs must serve students enrolled in under-resourced OUSD-run public schools.
  • AOK does fund programs located at a site other than a public school (such as a community center) provided that the program primarily serves the target population of K-12 students enrolled in under-served Oakland public schools.
  • AOK funds program expenses that directly benefit the students involved in the arts education program, including: art supplies, teaching artist’s salary, costume materials, supplementary educational materials, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170752

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

AOK will fund a program one time within a school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts for Oakland Kids does not require that grant funds be paid through a 501(c)(3) organization or fiscal sponsor. You may use a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal agent, so long as that organization does not keep any AOK grant funds as fees, commissions, percentages, administrative costs, or overhead expense.

If your organization or fiscal sponsor is a qualified IRS 501(c)(3) entity, please submit the 501(c)3 tax-exempt letter and, if applicable, your fiscal sponsorship agreement, as attachments to your grant application.

Not funded:
- OUSD teacher or administrator pay
- Transportation costs
- Field trips
- Food
- Non-program-related supplies

Pre-Application Information:

- December 9, 2019: Application submissions open for our Project Mini-Grants
- January 20, 2020: All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST.
- March 2020: Grantees notified the first week of March, 2020

Programs are only eligible for funding once per school year.

AOK may fund the same program at the same school for three consecutive years, at the end of which a one-school-year break may be imposed before the program can re-apply for funding.

OUSD-run schools:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you have questions about the application process, please email

3871 Piedmont Avenue #11 Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 488-3036

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Oakland

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