Grant Request

GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINE     Download: OPF-Grant-Application-with-Guidelines


The Oakland Police Foundation (OPF) was established in 2002 with funds donated from the estate of Harold W. Kerrison, a former Oakland Police Officer and resident.   The Oakland Police Foundation’s mission is to promote public safety by supporting and providing critical resources for the Oakland Police Department and engaging community organizations and citizens as partners in support of our police officers and their work.

Application Process

Grant applications are accepted anytime throughout the year and awarded quarterly (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct) based on fit with the mission of the Foundation and availability of funds.  Applicants are encouraged to submit throughout the year as this will ensure time to answer questions and provide additional information if needed.  All grant requests are evaluated by a subcommittee of the OPF Board prior to presentation of the request to the entire Board.

Grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000. If your request exceeds this amount, please attach a separate letter outlining what additional funding sources you have secured to offset the total cost, and include a breakdown of what portion of the request can be achieved at, and above this $5,000 threshold. Applications above this amount may be approved on a case by case basis; however the Foundation endeavors to fund as many worthy projects as possible.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Submit a completed Grant Application through the chain of command and attach any material or additional information that will support your request.
  2. Submit to the Oakland Police Foundation’s executive director:
    1. Applications will be vetted by a subcommittee of the board and may be referred back to submitter for additional clarification or details.
    2. Requesters whose applications are deemed in line with the mandate of the board and including all necessary background information will be invited to provide a formal presentation to the board. Only applications presented to the full board will be eligible for grants.
    3. Board will discuss in closed door session and approve or deny applications.

Please also note the following:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned for additional information.
  • If your application is accepted be prepared to give a 10-minute oral presentation to the board followed by 5-10 minutes of questions.
  • If invited to present to the board, please bring 15 copies of your request and supporting documentation.
  • Following review and consideration, a response will be provided to all the applicants.
  • Acceptance of a grant implies agreement to all the terms of the grant agreement including submission of grant progress and final reports.

Submission timing notes:

  • Presentation of grant requests to the full board occur at the Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct meetings.  The OPF Board meets on the first Thursday of each month.
  • Fully approved/signed grant request paperwork should be received by the OPF executive director no later than the 15th of the month preceding the quarterly grant request presentation meeting.

Direct all grant application process and criteria questions to:

Oliver Cunningham
Oakland Police Foundation
[email protected]