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City Announces $2.2 Million in Grants to Protect & Expand Domestic Violence Services, Childcare, Arts & Economic Opportunities for Nonprofits
Twelve neighborhood-serving organizations to obtain new space and long-term leases
San Francisco, CA—Mayor London N. Breed, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund have announced $2.2 million in transformative space acquisition and lease stabilization grants to twelve community-serving nonprofits.
“San Francisco is committed to ensuring that these vital organizations can continue to do their important work to help our community,” said Mayor Breed. “The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps ensure that they can afford to continue operating here in San Francisco and remain focused on their missions without having to worry about being priced out.”
The awards provide vital seed funding to nonprofit projects that will create 20,060 square feet of permanent, nonprofit-owned space where child care and services for survivors of domestic violence will be offered. In addition, 51,877 square feet of leased space will be stabilized for an average lease term of 6.2 years for services supporting the health and wellness of socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, access to arts and culture, and economic opportunity for women and immigrant-owned food businesses.
Real estate assistance is a cornerstone of the Mayor’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, which deploys grants, professional services, assessment tools and other resources to help stabilize nonprofits and overcome barriers to growth. Administered by OEWD, the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative continues San Francisco’s groundbreaking support of nonprofit space and sustainability, investments in resilience that have been adapted regionally and beyond to stabilize nonprofits and prevent displacement.
“Nonprofit partnerships help us address intractable equity challenges and are vital to the well-being of San Francisco’s citizens,” said Joaquín Torres, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “By supporting all businesses and nonprofits, large and small, we are realizing our goal of a diverse, inclusive and thriving economy.”
Mission Kids provides bilingual, multicultural, community-based childcare and family services to low-and moderate-income families of San Francisco. Families gain access to developmental and health screenings, specialized support services, required parent education and parent advocacy training. Mission Kids acquired land at 969 Treat Avenue and plans to build a 2-story building that will increase the number of children served from 34 to 80. Award: $675,000
About the Mayor’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative With increasing and diverse demands for government services, San Francisco has nearly 7,000 nonprofits that often work in partnership with the City to address complex challenges and the needs of its residents. Since 2016, the program has awarded $7.2 million and assisted more than 90 San Francisco-based nonprofits. Guidelines for the next round of financial assistance through the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund will be released in December 2018. Nonprofits interested in applying for future assistance can visit www.ncclf.org/sfsustainability for program details and eligibility guidelines. Information about NSI awardees and current resources may be found at oewd.org/nonprofits.
The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative is led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund to deploy a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits.