Community Investment Program

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 provides grants 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 quarterly grants up to $5,000 to non-profit organizations that align with the following funding priority areas:

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

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 & Education: We 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 are not limited to, training and education in construction, trade and logistics, science technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) education, aviation, and the building-construction trades.

Application Schedule:

Fall 2024Opens October 1, 2024Deadline October 31, 2024Award announcements are by November 30, 2024. Funding will be awarded in mid-December
Winter 2024Opens January 2, 2024Deadline January 31, 2024Award announcements are by February 28, 2024. Funding will be awarded in mid-March.
Spring 2024Opens April 1, 2024Deadline April 30, 2024Award announcements are by May 31, 2024. Funding will be awarded in mid-June.
Summer 2024Opens July 1, 2024Deadline July 31, 2024Award announcements are on August 31, 2024. 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.

Please see the schedule listed above for the application deadline.

Amy Tharpe, Director of Social Responsibility

Amy Tharpe

Port of Oakland Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator

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