Mayor London Breed Announces Nearly $2 Million in Grants for San Francisco Nonprofit Organizations
Eleven organizations awarded to protect and expand essential services for people experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness, support for low-income and first-generation college students, and culturally-responsive music, dance and arts access at an affordable housing site in the Mission
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 Community Vision today announced $1.96 million in transformative awards for San Francisco nonprofit organizations.
The space acquisition and lease stabilization grants are part of San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI), which helps stabilize nonprofits that provide services and support to residents as part of the response to COVID-19 and beyond. With these awards, the NSI surpasses a milestone, seeding the acquisition of more than 150,000 square feet of newly nonprofit-owned space for organizations that serve low-income residents and are deeply rooted in historically underserved communities and communities of color. All eleven of this year’s NSI grantees provide vital services and resources to low-income residents. Eight of the organizations have Black, Latino, Asian, LGBTQ or immigrant leadership.
“This past year has shown us just how important it is that our local San Francisco nonprofit organizations have the tools and resources they need to provide essential services,” said Mayor Breed. “The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative has supported the acquisition of critical community spaces throughout San Francisco. This round of funding will help strengthen organizations that are trusted and deeply rooted in their communities so they can recover and emerge even stronger than before the pandemic.”
These funds are especially critical for ensuring San Francisco’s nonprofit organizations are able to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to provide critical services and resources for San Franciscans. For example, in 2019, NSI funds supported the purchase of the property at 701 Alabama, which was quickly activated last year by the Latino Task Force to distribute food and COVID-19-related assistance to some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents.
This round of NSI awards includes $1 million for the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation to acquire permanent space that will be shared with organizations doing complementary work for people experiencing homelessness or seeking mental health and substance abuse services. Three past NSI awardees, La Cocina, Planned Parenthood and Mission Kids, opened new facilities this week. A fourth awardee, Community Youth Center of San Francisco, plans to break ground later this spring.
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. Administered by OEWD, the NSI continues San Francisco’s groundbreaking support of nonprofit space and sustainability, and investments in resilience that assist nonprofits and prevent displacement. On average, for every NSI dollar awarded, nonprofits leverage $7.60 in donations, grants, and other financing.
“San Francisco’s nonprofit organizations are a vital component to an equitable and sustainable economic recovery across our City,” said Anne Taupier, Acting Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “These grants stabilize the cost of rent and assist our minority nonprofit businesses to acquire permanent space for their operations and build equity to ensure longevity. These investments help create the security that our trusted community partners can thrive for years to come.”
The underlying objective of all NSI programs is to ensure access to quality of life resources as well as education, health and human services for residents of San Francisco, and real estate assistance is a cornerstone of the program. Since the program announced its first awards four years ago in May 2017, partners have invested $14.1 million to acquire 156,929 square feet of permanent, newly nonprofit-owned space, helping community-focused organizations build equity and preventing them from being priced out. An additional 273,272 square feet of leased space has been secured for an average lease term of about 8 years.
2021 Nonprofit Sustainability Awardees
Bayview Hunters Point Foundation will use its $1 million award to catalyze a capital campaign and purchase space at 5815 3rd Street in the Bayview. The 20,470 square foot space will include shared space for organizations offering complementary services, making it easier for clients and their families to access support.
“Bayview Hunters Point Foundation has provided support and empowerment for San Francisco's most vulnerable and disenfranchised residents since 1971,” said Bayview Hunters Point Foundation Board President Susan Watson. “The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative acquisition grant will serve as the lead gift for our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, making it possible for us to purchase the building we’ve long called home. From this stable base of operations, we will continue to serve those most in need—for the next 50 years and beyond.”
Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Américas was awarded $250,000 to cover renovation costs and $75,000 to pay for architectural and engineering services in support of its new community arts space in the Mission District. 681 Florida Street will be CANA’s first permanent home and will used for dance rehearsals/performances, recording studio/beat making lessons, music lessons, marketplace activities and community events and meetings.
“Funding for our future, permanent art space in the Mission District will bring long-term stability for CANA-Carnaval San Francisco and hundreds of artists, positively impacting our ability to focus on programming and development. This support will help preserve our community and city’s vibrant artistic culture for generations to come,” said Roberto Hernandez, Artistic Director and Executive Producer.
Japanese Community Youth Council received an award of $83,500 to support the repair and replacement of items required by the relocation of its college access programs to 1710 Octavia Street. The new site will be used to offer academic support and college advising for low-income, first generation college students. While services are offered onsite at schools throughout San Francisco, the 1710 Octavia site will be used for afterschool, evening, weekend and summer activities.
“JCYC is extremely pleased to be awarded a relocation grant from the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative which will make it possible for our organization to move into a new, long-term program space. We are grateful for the opportunity to utilize these resources to create the most welcoming and safest environment for the children and youth we serve,” said Jon Osaki, Executive Director of Japanese Community Youth Council.
Other 2021 awardees include Bay Area Video Coalition, Charity Cultural Services Center, Children’s Book Project, Chinese Historical Society of America, Kultivate Labs, Larkin Street Youth Services, The Healing WELL, and Youth Art Exchange.
Grants are administered by Community Vision, which will announce the next request for acquisition proposals in June 2021 and offer several workshops with more information. Should funding be approved by the Board of Supervisors, the next round of applications for relocation and renovation grants will open in late 2021. Past program guidelines are available at communityvisionca.org/sfsustainability. Information about past NSI awardees and current resources can be found at oewd.org/nonprofits.