Cultural Arts and Marketing Division
City of Oakland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 15, 2005
Media Contact: Andrea Leal
OAKLAND CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
City of Oakland Offers Arts Education, Organizational, and Individual Artist Grants
OAKLAND, Calif. (November 15, 2005) – The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program has announced that individual artists and arts organizations maypick up applications for its Fiscal Year 2006-07 Cultural Funding Program at Oakland Public Library branch locations or the Cultural Arts offices in Oakland City Hall, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 9th Floor. Applications are also available online at www.oaklandculturalarts.org.
The Cultural Funding Program offers four different grant categories for Fiscal Year 2006-07 through which approximately $1 million will be awarded: the annual Project Support for Individuals and Organizations, Art in the Schools, and Organizational Assistance for nonprofit organizations with a two-year funding history with the program. All applicants must be Oakland-based, and all activities proposed for Project Support and Art in the Schools must be presented in Oakland. The grants support art activities in Oakland that will occur between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. The Cultural Funding Program relies on a competitive panel process to determine award recipients and funding allocations. Individual Artist Project Grants support up to $4,999 for Oakland resident individual artists producing public art activities in Oakland. Past recipients have been awarded funds for activities such as performing arts, classes and workshops, exhibits, and literary activities. Completed Individual Artist applications are due on January 6, 2006. Organization Project Grants support up to 20 percent of the project expenses up to $20,000 of Oakland-based nonprofit organizations producing public art activities in Oakland such as performing arts, classes and workshops, exhibits and literary activities. Completed Organization Project applications are due on January 6, 2006.
Art in the Schools Grants support up to 50 percent of the cash expenses of arts residences up to $20,000 in Oakland public school sites before, during or after school hours resulting in a long-term, in-depth interaction between professional artists and a group of students. The resident artists expose young people to quality, hands-on art experiences that educates them about the process of creating and producing art, while supporting and enhancing the classroom curriculum. Completed Art in the Schools applications are due on January 13, 2006.
Finally, Organizational Assistance Grants run on a two-year cycle and support Oakland-based nonprofit organizations producing ongoing art and cultural activities for the benefit of the community. These grants are designed to promote the health and stability of Oakland’s artistic and cultural nonprofits. The multi-year program, which includes Strategic Development Support and General Operating Support, will be in the first year of its two-year cycle. Completed Organizational Assistance Applications are due on January 6, 2006.
The information packet that accompanies the application forms provides valuable insight into the application review and scoring process as well as tips on preparing grant applications.
All applications submitted by the appropriate deadline, which are deemed complete and eligible, will be forwarded to review panels who make recommendations to the Funding Advisory Committee and the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. The recommendations are then sent to the Life Enrichment Committee of the Oakland City Council, with the City Council making final approval of funding awards. The Cultural Funding Program is administered by the City’s Cultural Arts & Marketing Division. For more information, please contact Acting Program Coordinator Andrea Leal at (510) 238-6843.
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