We are so excited to announce our 2023 Small Grant awardees - congratulations to these 13 projects! We look forward to the improvements you are making to your communities. Please read below to see the diversity of neighborhoods and projects that our funds have gone toward.
Chinatown Graffiti Removal and Mural
Congratulations to the 2022 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. More info on each project coming soon!
Rancho San Antonio 16th Ave Tree Planting
Revitalize San Antonio's Foothill Transit Corridor
Dimond Branch Library Garden
LAMP Welcome Garden
Melrose 27X NC Urban Farm (Garden Restoration)
Bottoms Up Community Garden
Friends of Mandela Parkway Plant Replacement Project
Hope Avenue: Neighborhood Garden Exchange
Friends-Stewards of AAMLO Beautification Project
Biological Reserve Cerro Hermoso
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
Despite the challenges last year brought, we are hopeful and excited for 2021! Looking back at 2020, Keep Oakland Beautiful had to adjust like everyone else but we are so inspired by the way we saw our community come together to keep Oakland clean and beautiful but also to support each other in staying safe and healthy.
We have lots of exciting things to look forward to this year. Just to name a few...
Congratulations to the 2020 Small Grant awardees. Thank you so much for your commitment to keeping Oakland beautiful!
Check out the project summaries below and look out for their amazing work throughout Oakland and in your neighborhood!
MudLab Mural for Trash Collection Hub, Vanessa Pope
Location: 440 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
Description: In an effort to educate people and encourage them to reduce their single-use plastics, this grantee painted a mural on the awning of a café that shows people the effects of single-use plastics on animals and the environment. MudLab also hosts regular weekend clean ups at the lake.
Phoenix Rising Peace Park Garden, Susan Boggiano
KOB gave a grant to renovate our neighborhood Adopt a Spot park. The project successfully involved neighborhood volunteers (ranging from 4 to 75 years old) in a community building event making mosaic stepping stones to beautify the park. The average volunteer spent about 8 hours working on their mosaic piece. Some flagstones and stepping stones were donated by neighbors. We had our first neighborhood party to celebrate the new space in June with the many volunteers in attendance. The new space has seen a lot more visitors since the renovation.
Sequoia Elementary School, Storm Drain Stenciling Mural & Trash Can Mosiacs, Lara Clayman
Location: 3730 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, CA 94602
Description: Students in the Climate Changers after school club identified trash and litter on and around campus as a main concern. Sequoia Elementary School put their grant money to great use with 2 amazing projects - storm drain stencil mural and trash can mosaics. Check out the website for more info.
Healthy Havenscourt Community Garden, Celia Davis
Location: 6833 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621
Description: This grantee used funds to create a community garden around the Martin Luther King Jr. library. The goal of this project is to create a vision of hope, encouraging youth to get involved in the garden upkeep and connecting them to the land and fresh produce from the garden.
Micro Street Garden, Will Walker
Location: 1752 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Description: This grantee created a series of small urban raised bed gardens in front of a local business that has 12 feet of open space that is usually susceptible to illegal dumping.
Additional 2020 Small Grant awardees below
This September marks the 25th year of Creek to Bay in Oakland. This year due to Covid-19 we are transforming a day set aside for watershed clean ups to a whole month of cleaning, greening and beautifying our neighborhoods, parks and creeks. So go outside by yourself or with your social bubble and do something to help improve the health of our local creeks and watersheds. Every little bit helps!
Check out this website: www.oaklandcreektobay.org to learn more about how you can participate in Creek to Bay month!
Members of the KOB board recently visited the murals painted in downtown Oakland that share messages of peace, commemorate lost Black lives, and showcase artistry of Oakland residents.
Photo credits: Andrea Silvestri
We are filled with sadness over recent events and the senseless murders of Black Americans—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey. The long history of racial injustice in our country is irrefutable and intolerable. For far too long, events across our nation have laid bare the systemic acts of hatred and violence perpetrated against Black people in our communities.
At Keep Oakland Beautiful, we are committed to creating and sustaining a beautiful, clean Oakland for everyone. We also acknowledge that the right to a clean, healthy environment is not shared equally among all and that Black people do not have the same access to clean and green spaces. As an organization, we are committed to working with all districts and we will continue to emphasize the importance of access and inclusivity.
We embrace Oakland’s black community and support the peaceful demonstrations throughout the city that are demanding justice. After the demonstrations, volunteer board members are working to keep Oakland clean and beautiful. Because of COVID-19 public health concerns, we are not able to host any volunteer events, but we encourage everyone to arrange their own cleanups. You can also find more Bay Area clean up events at bayareacleanup.
Black Lives Matter.
In solidarity and in pride for our diverse city,
Keep Oakland Beautiful Board
We are all already making a big impact by staying at home, both for our neighbors and for our earth. If you are looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day this year, here are a few ideas to get outside and make a difference.
Happy Earth Day, Oakland! We hope our neighbors are healthy and happy.
Every year, Keep Oakland Beautiful works with the community to do a clean up in honor of Earth Day. This year, we will be co-hosting an Earth Day cleanup event with one of our new board members, Grant Chen!
Where: Durant Mini Park, 675 29th Street, between MLK and West St, Oakland, CA, 94609
When: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
What We'll Be Doing
Check out What We Did Last Year!
Earth Day 2019 at Courtland Creek & Jingletown