Congratulations to the 2021 Small Grant awardees. Thank you so much for your commitment to keeping Oakland beautiful! We can't wait to see your projects come to life.
Biological Reserve Cerro Hermoso
Project Description: Reforesting empty spaces within communities to promote native gardens by providing food and shelter to species that have been forced to move away due to deforestation and infrastructure.
Neighborhood: Brookfield Village
Project Description: This group of Oaklanders takes will use the grant to add trees and flowers in the neighborhood. They take pride in their block and building community through clean up projects and an Oakland night out event.
Telegraph Ministry Center Exterior Beautification and Renovation Project
Project Description: Level and cover the ground to expand usage and increase safety. Neighbors and visitors can sit outside, enjoy their meals, interacts with each other, and attend sessions in a comfortable space. If needed, they can take a warm shower and put on clean clothes.
Mosswood Community Gardens
Project Description: Our goal is to beautify the northwest corner of Mosswood Park by planting more edible tree varieties and by investing in more trash cans and trash pickup equipment (trash pickers, garbage bags, garbage bins).
Santa Rita Land Trust Beautification Project
Project Description: This project will invite neighbors to enjoy the outdoors and take stewardship of a community space. The project contains three main parts, reclaiming steps, flora, and paths by remodeling, weeding, adding paths and more.
Friends-Stewards of the African American Museum and Library
Project Description: This non-profit encourages intergenerational volunteerism and is looking to transform a 23’x21’ plot into a versatile garden space intended for learning, meditation and gatherings.
Neighborhood: Downtown Oakland
West Oakland Community Garden Collective
Project Description: Collective of 4 gardens will use the grant funds to buy compost that is expected to yield 5x more fresh produce (vegetables, herbs and fruits) within a year.
Neighborhood: West Oakland
Plants on the Corner
Project Description: The project is the plant equivalent of the “Little Free Library” concept. Neighbors can take a plant & leave a plant for free. The fund will be used to construct shelving for the plants.
Neighborhood: West Oakland
Eastmont Hills Neighborhood Association
Project Description: This neighborhood association will use the grant funds to purchase wine barrels to be repurposed as planters housing California-native plants. They are distributed to neighbors who agree to adopt planters and placed along sidewalks in public spaces. Since June 2020 they have already placed over 70 planters in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood: East Oakland
Eat to Live not Live to Eat
Project Description: Grant funds will go to purchasing supplies to teach neighbors how to grow food in small spaces. The project is partially staffed by volunteers from Black Earth Farms, black farmers that share tips on growing food.
The Rebirth Anthem
Project Description: This group is using the funds for clean up, planting and mural installation. The mural will be done in collaboration with Youth Spirit Artworks, an organization that works with homeless and low-income youth.
Neighborhood: District 6 (Maxwell Park, Millsmont, Havenscourt, Eastmont)