Working with the East Bay Community Foundation, we've established a Grants Program to support furthering the mission of The Culture of Repair Project.


Primary Grants Program

(The Agency by Design Mini-Grants Program is described here.)



The Project is about more than just diminishing resource consumption in manufacturing, transporting and selling new products, and in post-use management.  It’s about individual empowerment through changing our relationships with the material objects in our lives.  It’s about reshaping our culture into one that repairs stuff as a matter of course, reestablishing repair as a social value.

Grants Program Objective:

To support the establishment and development of projects aligned with our vision, advancing a culture of repair.

Elements of Repair-Minded Cultural Change:

A.  Empowering people to provide for themselves in the context of the consumption-driven economy: 


·      “I can fix things.”
·      “I can figure things out.”
·      “I can truly own what I have.”
·      “I can meet my needs, on my terms.”


B. Understanding the environmental impact of the resources required to make, transport, and sell; and, after discarding, to collect and manage through landfill or recycling. This understanding underpins:


Reduce → Reuse → REPAIR → Reuse some more → Repurpose → Recycle → Discard


See Circular Economy for a high-level schematic of this approach.


C.  Developing a sense of our lives being fully embedded in, dependent on, and contributing to systems on many, many registers, seen and unseen; and the implications of that at the individual, community and higher levels.

Information about the regular Grants Program follows below.
Information about the collaboration with Agency by Design Oakland is here.


The central question informing applicant evaluation is:

“Will this project make a meaningful difference to advancing a culture of repair?”

Grant range: 
$1000 to $5000.

Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Richmond.

Must be a school or 501(c)(3) organization.

High-level, succinct proposals will be accepted year-round.
Evaluation of high-level proposal will, generally speaking, be returned within four weeks of submission.  The proposal will either be declined, or the candidate will be invited to submit a grant application.

Applications will be accepted year-round.
Applications will be reviewed in no fewer than two cycles: January / February, and May / June.


  1. Candidate will submit a high-level, succinct Proposal. (email PDF, max 1000 characters)

  2. Grants Program will evaluate.

  3. Grants Program will either decline Proposal or invite an Application.

  4. If invited, Applicant will submit Application. (email PDF, max 6000 characters plus supporting (e.g., financials))

  5. Grants Program will evaluate Application.

  6. Grants Program may request Applicant interview.

  7. Grants Program will either decline, request more information or fund Applicant.

PROPOSALS AND Applications

The Grants Program does not use universal proposal and application forms, but does encourage applicants to submit materials that are easy to read, well-organized and succinct.


Step One - High-Level Proposal

The Proposal is a short summary of the proposed request and should not to exceed 1000 characters (including spaces).  Proposals will be evaluated to determine whether candidates should submit an application.  The following core elements should be addressed in the High-Level Proposal, and will be central to application evaluation:

1.    Aligned with The Culture of Repair Project vision.  See above and

2.    Seed money to high-promise, early-on programs that don’t have the track record larger funding sources require.  The objective is to support developing, refining and proving concept; positioning grantees to gain the support of deeper pockets.  Grants will not be made to support ongoing operations or projects in which the grant will form a small portion of total funding.

3.    Visibility and Momentum:  Projects should address repair explicitly and be designed to have multiplier effects.  Examples of intention for momentum include: engaging or collaborating with another entity; using project results to reshape curriculum content; and situating the project in the larger repair movement.

4.    Located in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond or Albany.

5.    Reflects thoughtful stewardship of resources.

6.    A few grants will be reserved for projects exclusively for girls.

Candidates will submit an Application only if the High-Level Proposal has been evaluated and the Candidate invited to apply for a grant.

Step Two - Application

The Application should not exceed 6000 characters (including spaces), plus budget and any supporting recommendations.  In addition to the core elements outlined above, the following questions will be among those considered in Application evaluation.  They will be given greater and lesser weight given the nature of the Applicant's program.

  • How would the project “change culture”?

  • What will be the scale of the impact?

  • Is the project embedded in a larger vision of repair?

  • Who is involved in the project? Roles and responsibilities; collaboration with other initiatives, etc.

  • What is the time-frame of the project?

  • Will the project have an ongoing life and/or outward effect?

  • Does the budget make sense? Is it clearly researched and planned?

  • Does the Applicant steward funds wisely?

  • How does the project fit into the organization's larger work and mission?

  • Does the project have the sign-off of others, e.g., the school principal?

  • How realistic is the Applicant's plan?

  • What demographics will be impacted - grantee, participants, those served, etc.?

  • Does the Applicant have a track record in the work?

  • Does the Applicant have a track record of past grants?


Required:  In-person interview after Grantee completes the funded project.

Grantee will be asked to reflect on and discuss:
·      Repair
·      The actualized project as compared with planned
·      Their takeaway and next steps
·      The grant-making process

Grantee may be requested to submit written material supporting the interview.