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So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund Grant

Akonadi Founation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights Disaster Preparedness

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Alameda County, California

Location of residency: Alameda County, California

About this funder:



NOTE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting April 8, 2020, and ending September 15, 2020, or until funds are exhausted.

In difficult times, Oakland’s organizers, culture bearers, and healers not only provide solace and support, but also, continue to build a collective vision of safety and justice beyond crisis.

The $1 million So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund will provide general support grants between April and September 2020 to support the sustainability and vibrancy of Oakland’s racial justice movement ecosystem during the pandemic. 

Akonadi Foundation is re-launching So Love Can Win to assist racial justice movement groups’ capacity to meet demands and/or aid the loss of operational revenue.


  • Rapid-response grants up to $10,000
  • Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis
  • One-time flexible general support grants on a rolling basis, until the funds are exhausted
  • $500,000 disbursed between April and June
  • $500,000 disbursed between July and September

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The 2020 So Love Can Win Fund supports organizations, groups, formations or collectives who:
    • Are based in Oakland.
    • Are led by Black, Indigenous, people of color and demonstrate a history of work with Black, Indigenous, people of color in Oakland.
    • Have 501(c)(3) status or are fiscally sponsored.
      • Akonadi is continuing its partnership with the Social Good Fund, which will waive its normal fiscal sponsorship fees to groups that have been approved for a So Love Can Win grant. If you need a fiscal sponsor, please contact Iris Garcia: Iris [at] to discuss options.
    • And employ at least one of the following strategies:
      • Organizing
        • Base-building organizations who mobilize, support, develop, and build power with their members.
      • Culture
        • Cultural formations that use culture and art as a tool for collective healing, racial justice movement building, and practices of communal joy.
      • Healing
        • Healing justice collectives and organizations providing accessible and relevant healing, wellness and self-care practices using an anti-racist political frame. 
      • Voice
        • Oakland focused journalism with stories that highlight the racial impact of the pandemic on Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and use their platform to promote community leadership, mutual aid, and cultural resilience.


  • Fund priorities
    • Organizations with budgets under $500,000.
    • Organizations that advance the leadership of women, trans, queer and non-binary communities; immigrant and undocumented communities; and formerly/currently incarcerated people and their families.


This page was last reviewed September 16, 2020 and last updated August 01, 2020