West Oakland Mini Grant Committee

What is the West Oakland Mini Grant Committee?

The West Oakland Mini-Grant committee is a community-led granting program sponsored by the Alameda County Department of Public Health. The program recruits and trains community members to serve on a grant-making committee that autonomously solicits, reviews and monitors grant proposals from fellow community members and informal groups. WOMG awards must benefit the Hoover Historic District, an area bordered by 34rd Street, San Pablo and Martin Luther King, and 27th Street.  The WOMG is comprised of 14 Hoover Historic District residents and close partners that review and administer small grants ($100 – $2,000) to West Oakland community members.

How Does the WOMG Committee Work?

Grants are awarded only to community groups, not individuals or established non-profits.  The WOMG oversees all aspects of the granting process and ensures grantees performance, proposal adherence, and project completion.

The projects granted vary, from recreational play areas, hiking trips and sports programs, to etiquette classes, clean-up projects, community gardens, and farmers markets. The categories the committee promotes include arts and culture, community beautification, recreation/exercise, emotional/behavioral health, social justice, community leadership, career development, community education, and youth involvement.

For more information, how it works, and how to apply, check out the West Oakland Mini Grant Website.

How does  the WOMGC Make A Difference?

Between Fall 2007 and Spring 2010, the WOMGC awarded $49,810 in grants to 18 different community groups.  The Mini-grants have been a great success, as shown by these comments from grantees.

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