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Community Investment Program -- Changes

The Port of Oakland is making changes to the Spring 2020 cycle of the Community Investment Program due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will only accept applications for program support, event sponsorships are paused for this cycle.  Also, it will take longer for a Port representative to process your application due to the rapidly changing coronavirus situation and the effects on the Port's operations.

Approved by the Board of Port of Oakland Commission on July 2015, the Port of Oakland Community Investment Program seeks to add value and best serve our diverse communities within the Port’s footprint. This grant program intends to benefit the communities in the Port’s Local Impact Area (LIA) in Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, and San Leandro, as well as communities in the Port’s Local Business Area (LBA) in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The Port of Oakland provides grants up to $5,000 to organizations that provide extensive Port promotion and align with the following giving areas: 

Economic Vitality: The Port promotes community and economic viability by helping small businesses create and sustain jobs.  We proudly support programs that expand access to Port opportunities for small and local business as well as organizations that provide technical assistance.

Environmental Sustainability & Healthy Communities: We are committed to sustaining healthy communities through leading edge environmental stewardship via our air quality, clean water, and energy conservation programs.  We proudly support organizations that promote our environmental programs.

Workforce Development & EducationWe support programs that prepare individuals to participate successfully in an increasingly global society and to contribute back to the communities in which they live. Specifically, we focus on supporting programs that prepare individuals for careers in Port related industries.  Examples include, but not limited to, training and education in trade and logistics, Science Technology Engineering & Math Education (STEM), aviation, and the building-construction trades.

Application Schedule:

Fall 2020 Opens October 1, 2020 Deadline October 31, 2020 Award announcements are on November 29, 2020. Funding will be awarded in mid-December
Winter 2020 Opens January 2, 2020 Deadline January 31, 2020 Award announcements are on February 28, 2020. Funding will be awarded in mid-March.
Spring 2020 Opens April 1, 2020 Deadline April 30, 2020 Award announcements are on May 29, 2020. Funding will be awarded in mid-June.
Summer 2020 Opens July 1, 2020 Deadline July 31, 2020 Award announcements are on August 31, 2020. Funding will be awarded in mid-September.

Plan ahead for your events — after the application period closes, it will take about 30 days to review requests before award determinations are made.  This means funding will be awarded 15 days after your award announcement.  To apply you must have current status as a 501(c)3 non profit organization.  Organizations that have not yet received an IRS 501(c)3 designation must identify a “fiscal sponsor” to receive the requested grant.

Applications are now closed. For questions please email: community@portoakland.com