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Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact


The East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts was a pooled fund led by Kenneth Rainin Foundation together with Akonadi Foundation; City of Berkeley, Berkeley Civic Arts Program; City of Oakland, Cultural Affairs Division; Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; Fleishhacker Foundation; Gerbode Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman; Oakland Covid-19 Relief Fund; San Francisco Foundation, Shuler-Heimburger Family Fund at East Bay Community Foundation; Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; and individual donors.

CCI administered the Fund from May 18 - June 5 to help artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who reside in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, with dedicated support for those in the City of Oakland and the City of Berkeley.

The Fund prioritized the financial needs of individuals who are of cultural populations that have been and are particularly financially vulnerable--Black, Indigenous, Latinx, foreign-born immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. Upon closing, the East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts distributed $698,700 to 482 individuals in the arts across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.