Thank you for supporting The Oaklandside and being a part of our community. Your donation makes this and all our other local reporting possible.
Don’t let Facebook’s algorithm control your news. Sign up to get free Oakland news in your inbox.
Get the free Oakland newsletter. Local news delivered to your inbox twice a week
A donation to The Oaklandside goes beyond the newsroom. We amplify community voices, share the power of real information, and investigate systems, not just symptoms.
Comcast RISE grants in Oakland:
This fall Comcast will be awarding $10,000 grants to small Oakland businesses led by people of color. One hundred grants will be issued from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, just within Oakland. Businesses with 25 employees or fewer can apply for the grants between Oct. 1 and 14.
100 grants totaling $1 million (each grant is $10,000)
Businesses must be POC-led, in Oakland, at least 3 years old, and have no more than 25 employees.
Apply online October 1-14. Grants will be announced in late November and awarded in December.
The fund is intended to help these businesses grow as they navigate the challenges of the pandemic. A first round of grants was given out last year, and Judi Townsend, owner of Mannequin Madness in Oakland, and a city resident, has benefitted from the program twice. She got help producing and placing a TV commercial, and then with a technology makeover. Townsend’s business re-uses mannequins in a variety of creative ways. Read about how her quirky business started on her website.
Here’s what else is going on in Oakland: “Like many others, my small business was impacted by the pandemic. Thanks to the Comcast RISE program, I can reach new audiences,” Townsend said. “The application process was much more straightforward than other grants. I encourage my fellow eligible business owners to apply for the grant and technology or marketing makeovers.”
“The economic effects of the global pandemic have been felt worldwide including significant impacts here in Oakland,” said Barbara Leslie, President and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “We know that our small, local, woman-owned and Black, Indigenous, and people of color businesses — who are responsible for creating the beautiful tapestry we call home — have been disproportionately impacted by COVID. We applaud Comcast’s vision, through the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, to ensure that small businesses that exist today can be a part of Oakland’s economic and social fabric both tomorrow and for many years to come.” The Investment Fund is the latest extension of Comcast RISE — which stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment — a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in 2020 to provide people of color-owned small businesses the opportunity to apply for marketing and technology services from Comcast Business and Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable.
To drive awareness about the Comcast RISE Investment Fund and provide additional support, training and mentorship, Comcast has also awarded a $50,000 grant to the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Judi Townsend