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The OakLuv foundation is set to grant (5) matriarchs in our community with $3,000, and a computer, to eligible recipients residing in designated Oakland ZIP codes to help bring joy to their holiday season.


As a nonprofit, OakLuv has spent the last fifteen years giving back to communities in Oakland as a means to spread joy during the holidays. In 2023, OakLuv will embark on the task of bringing love to Oakland communities as a year round endeavor with purposeful campaigns. The matriarch grant is the first step in the reimagining of OakLuv, and the foundation’s ability to give back to Oakland.


The purpose of the Community Matriarch Grant is to celebrate the hard work, perseverance, and leadership in the Oakland community who are dedicated to empowering and creating positive change within their families and communities. This grant offers financial assistance to leaders residing in specific Oakland ZIP Codes. All matriarchs are invited to apply and nominate individuals from their family or community that meet the criteria.

Grant Aspirations

There are no limitations on how the funds can be utilized. OakLuv’s goal is to offer financial assistance to those who need it.


Applications are open to all Matriarch leaders that identify as women, without regard to their immigration status, and who meet the following (2) requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Applicants must be residents of Oakland, CA.

  • Applicants must reside in any of the following ZIP Codes:

    • 94601, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94612, 94621

  • Please note that if the applicant does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will be disqualified.

  • ITIN Number holders are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Score & Criteria

Applicants must fill out a form (link pending) that provides basic information as well as answer (3) total questions. The answers will be reviewed by a community panel of at least (3) people with all questions falling under a point system.


Post Award Expectations & Requirements

The following are requirements that must be fulfilled by the grant recipient:


  1. Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and W-9.

  2. Be present for a celebration dinner at La Guerrera’s Kitchen on a TBD January date.

  3. Optional, but highly recommended: Celebrate grant announcement at Fruitvale Posada on December 16, 2023.

  4. Optional, but highly recommended: Recipients will have an option of participating in a video production with the purpose of further highlighting the recipients and will be shared through OakLuv’s social media channels.


Key Dates

  • Applications Open: November 10, 2023

  • Application Deadline: December 10, 2023

  • Application Review: November 10 - December 10

  • Virtual Info Session: November 27, 2023

  • In-Person Info Session at La Guerrera’s Kitchen: December 04, 2023

  • Recipient Announcement: December 16, 2023 at the Fruitvale Posada

  • Dinner Celebration: January Date TBD


  • Can I submit an application in my own language?

    • Yes, we will do our best to translate all submissions.

  • What is a MOU?

    • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a nonbinding agreement that states each party’s intentions to take action, conduct a business transaction, or form a new partnership. In this case, the MOU will be nonbinding agreement between OakLuv and grant recipients.


Please take a moment to fill out this form, if your question about the grant is not listed in the FAQs. We appreciate your time and will get back to you as soon as possible!

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