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Oaklandish calls for applicants in its search for 2011 Innovators of the Year

on February 16, 2011

Oaklandish is on the hunt for its 2011 Innovators of the Year. Oaklandish, a non-profit organization that focuses on arts promotion and community building, gives out several grants each year to non-profit groups doing pioneering work in the community. Whether your non-profit focuses on art, education, technology, or business, this grant may be for you.

This 2010 recipients were The Bikery, which gives middle school students the opportunity to earn a customized bike they help build; Planting Justice, an organization that promotes healthy, sustainable eating through energy-efficient gardens and landscaping; Dimond’s Hidden Jewels Mural, a huge canvas on which Sequoia Elementary school students are painting a timeline of the Dimond neighborhood’s history; Oakland Urban Paths, which maintains Oakland’s city paths and stairways; the Oakland Underground Film Festival, an annual September film fest that promotes local moviemakers; Oakland Leaf, a group focusing on art and youth development; the Children’s Fairyland amusement park; and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, a group that aims to improve livability in Oakland through improving walking and biking trails.

The grants vary in sum, but can be up to $2,500 per organization. Winners also participate in many Oaklandish-run events over the course of the following year, and can use the money as they see fit—to pay employees, start new projects, or maintain business as usual.

Grant applications must be post-marked by Tuesday, March 15, 2011, and can be downloaded at Potential applicants are encouraged to send questions to

1 Comment

  1. Lisa on March 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I am SO disappointed we are losing this store – something I never thought I’d about a large chain! But, they had the best garden center with more organic and natural products than most small berkeley garden shops, a great fabric and notions section that I used all the time and even fruits and vegetables. I go here probably once a week. Also – the shoe repair guy is absolutely the best and most reasonable in the area, I hope they at least find a new place for him in the redevelopment.(And, I never shop at that Safeway!)

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