CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust

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SF Arts Advocacy Day 2017!


In solidarity with National Arts Advocacy Day, we’re headed to San Francisco City Hall!

Join a contingency of artists, arts administrators, cultural producers, and art + culture ambassadors as we share with Supervisors and staff our (1) policy priorities, (2) a message of “No Cuts,” and (3) personal and collective stories about the transformative nature of cultural and creative expression to make San Francisco a better place to live for everyone.

The event will consist of an Arts Advocacy rally on the steps of City Hall with artists/culture bearers from the community, followed by constituent meetings with the Supervisors.

WHERE: Meet at SF City Hall steps in front on Polk Street between Grove St. and McAllister St.

Checkout what went down last year at the 2016 SF Arts Advocacy Day:

Help save the National Endowment for the Arts!

About National Arts Advocacy Day:

On March 21st, Americans for the Arts will bring together 85 national arts organizations & over 500 grassroots arts advocates to visit their Congressmembers in D.C. to develop strong public policies investing in the creative cultural life of our cities, focusing on saving support for the National Endowment for the Arts this year.

Interested and able to support the national fight also? Join statewide arts leaders headed to DC to advocate on Capitol Hill for saving the NEA. SIGN UP HERE.

March 21, 2017 at 12pm – 1:30pm
SF City Hall
Katherin Canton · · 510-393-8580



Kenneth Rainin Foundation
February 2017
Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy Goes Online to Stem Displacement
Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy
Jen Lewin Studio’s The Pool at Lafayette Square, New Orleans. Photo credit: Marcus Alfred.

Displacement threats to arts and cultural organizations are an increasingly urgent problem in cities and communities across the country. Fellow funders, city governments and nonprofits are searching for solutions to help protect our most valued arts and cultural assets.

Today, I’m proud to announce that the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has launched a new online resource to showcase an innovative solution that can help secure permanent, affordable spaces for arts nonprofits.

The journey for this solution began five years ago when it was clear the Bay Area was poised for another displacement crisis due to escalating rents. Fearing the loss of our vital organizations, the Rainin Foundation brought together community leaders, including our most progressive thinkers on creative finance and nonprofits to challenge the status quo. And we succeeded.

Together, we developed the Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy, a groundbreaking solution that creatively uses existing financial tools and leverages public and private resources.

At the center of the model is a real estate holding company like the San Francisco-based Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) that works with multiple partners to purchase real estate on behalf of arts organizations. This bold solution came just in time for two of our grantees that were facing displacement due to building sales.

Today, both of these arts organizations have secured below-market leases with an option to purchase their buildings and own permanent homes in San Francisco.

With momentum for this model building in the Bay Area, I’m excited about the potential for this replicable strategy to find similar success elsewhere.

I hope you are inspired to explore our new website to learn how the Rainin Arts Real Estate Strategy works, and how it can benefit your community.


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Shelley Trott
Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

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San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

Stabilizing nonprofits in a 
changing real estate market

The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. The initiative includes two new programs — the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a changing, and volatile, real estate market.

NCCLF is partnering with San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Arts Commission. 


Nonprofit Space Investment Fund

Grant awards for organizations seeking to purchase their facility.

Services Offered: 

Grant Awards
Organizations must have an executed Letter of Intent (LOI) or a Purchase Agreement to apply.
Application Deadline: 5 pm on March 28, 2017 

Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program

Supporting nonprofits to find creative space solutions and mitigate increased expenses.

Services Offered: 

Technical Assistance 
Technical assistance available for shared space cohorts – two or more organizations seeking space together for co-location and shared services.
Application Deadline: 5 pm on March 28, 2017 
Financial Assistance
Financial assistance available to offset rent expenses, moving expenses, and tenant improvements. Grant awards only available to organizations with executed LOIs/Lease Agreements since January 1, 2016. 
Application Deadline: 5 pm on March 28, 2017

Informational Workshops

March 2, 2017 

401 Van Ness Ave, Suite 125
San Francisco, CA
2 pm – 3 pm

March 7, 2017 

Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

To learn more about the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, please visit
For questions, please contact Owen Serra at

Keeping Space – Oakland

Application Period Now Closed



CAST announces the availability of technical and financial assistance for Oakland arts and culture organizations that are facing immediate space challenges. Keeping Space – Oakland is a one-time pilot program comprised of real estate readiness training, one-on-one technical assistance, and direct financial assistance in the form of grants. The program aims to build the capacity of the arts and culture sector to be “real estate ready” and to secure affordable, long-term, safe spaces for arts and culture organizations in Oakland.

Prior to applying, please read the program eligibility guidelines listed below                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guidelines

Reference Guide: Financial Assistance Application

Reference Guide: Technical Assistance Application 

RSVP now for an Information Session: RSVP now for an Information Session to learn more about the program and ask your questions before applying. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 18
*Oakland Hot Plate
348 13th Street
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
*Hot Plates by owner Lina Torio will be available for purchase ($6-$15).

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
1714 Telegraph Avenue
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
The Unity Council Fruitvale – San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite #201
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Key Dates:

Application Due Date: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Announcements & Notifications: Spring 2017

Real Estate Readiness Workshops: May 1-5, June 5-9, July 10-14 (for Technical Assistance awardees only)

Keeping Space – Oakland is funded by:

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Keeping Space – Oakland is made possible in collaboration with The Oakland Arts Workspace Group and in partnership with the City of Oakland and Northern California Community Loan Fund.

For more information, please contact Tyese Wortham, CAST Program Manager, at 415-556-9888, ext. 103, or






The Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF), Community Arts Stabilization Trust Print(CAST) and Urban Solutions (US) announce the availability of technical and financial assistance for San Francisco nonprofits providing arts and cultural programs and/or social services and are at risk of displacement.

The Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program provides services to support nonprofits facing permanent displacement to find appropriate and affordable office/program space. These technical assistance (TA) services and financial assistance grants are made possible through funding from the City and County of San Francisco through its San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. These services are targeted for organizations most at-risk of displacement in the next 18 months, or have been displaced since September 30, 2012.

Technical assistance services include financial planning, space planning, identifying/evaluating potential sites, negotiating leases or purchase agreements, developing construction budgets and project timelines, and analyzing potential funding sources. Financial assistance may be used for relocation costs, such as predevelopment expenses (architect, engineer, permits), tenant improvements, holding costs, legal expenses, and moving expenses.  Financial assistance grants will be typically up to $75,000; the Selection Committee reserves the right to make exceptions to the amount.  Grants will be made on a competitive basis, based on the project need, scope, and request, with priority given to organizations with immediate and critical needs. Applications will be evaluated by NCCLF, CAST, and Urban Solutions on the basis of the criteria stated below.  A Selection Committee comprised of public and private sector leaders in the arts and social services will review and make final decisions on those applicants, which will receive technical assistance and financial assistance awards.

For technical assistance using this application or if you would like a PDF version, please contact Owen Serra, Real Estate Consulting Analyst at

Applications must be received by Friday, November 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 Technical Assistance and/or Financial Assistance awards.

Please read the program guidelines for eligibility requirements.

Moy Eng will lead initiative to sustain community-based arts organizations

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — After a comprehensive search, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has announced the appointment of Moy Eng as CAST executive director, effective June 1. Ms. Eng has worked for over three decades in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, and international human rights. As executive director, she will champion CAST’s mission to create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to facilitate equitable urban transformation. Continue reading

Press Release – Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131

Mayor announces new nonprofit venture to provide permanent homes for arts organizations in Central Market & the Tenderloin 
Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) Keeps Arts Organizations Thriving in Central Market & Tenderloin Neighborhoods

San Francisco, CA — Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District Six Supervisor Jane Kim joined newly formed nonprofit Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) to announce the purchase of two arts buildings in the Central Market and the Tenderloin.

IMG_6633The CAST purchase will allow the Luggage Store Gallery owners to maintain occupancy of their building and ultimately to assume full ownership, which was at risk of sale due to private investors, and will enable the Luggage Store Gallery’s subtenant Hospitality House Community Art Program to sign a long term lease. CAST also announced the purchase of the underutilized former adult theater at 80 Turk Street in the Tenderloin, one block off Market, and CounterPulse, a cornerstone of the Bay Area performing arts scene now located South of Market in a building it rents, will begin fundraising to assume ownership of the 80 Turk Street building and move its multi-use performing arts facility in early 2015.

“A major transformation is underway on Central Market, and arts are central to that revitalization,” said Mayor Lee. “Long-time neighborhood institutions like CounterPulse and The Luggage Store not only anchor the growing arts district but maintain the fabric of creative nonprofit organizations that characterize Central Market. Creative endeavors like CAST propel the City’s efforts to enhance the role of arts organizations in the neighborhood while ensuring the longevity of these important institutions.”

“I appreciate the importance of permanent physical centers to provide stable spaces for generating creativity and audiences for the arts,” said Supervisor Kim. “Recognizing the challenges for the arts during the last boom cycle, CAST took action and developed a program to permanently acquire buildings in the Tenderloin and Central Market to support these organizations. This is one solution the City can continue to support and expand in order to preserve what builds community and neighborhoods.”

CAST was recently formed by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) to support the City’s efforts to expand and provide long-term stability to arts groups in Central Market and the Tenderloin as part of the Central Market Economic Strategy. The Kenneth Rainin Foundation committed $5 million over five years as seed funding to pilot their program for stabilizing space for community arts organizations in the Central Market area. The pilot program includes the acquisition of two arts facilities sites in Central Market and the Tenderloin.

The City’s Grants for the Arts, the Arts Commission, and Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) are currently providing over $150,000 capacity-building funding for the Luggage Store Gallery and $180,000 to CounterPulse for capacity-building and predevelopment for the Turk Street theater space. CAST will work closely with tenant organizations as they raise the remaining funds for building renovations. CAST is seeking capital to undertake more acquisitions to serve as permanent affordable art space in the neighborhood. “CAST will enable these nonprofit arts organizations to build their capacity and contribute to the neighborhood’s vibrancy without the threat of displacement,” said CAST Board Chair Eric Rodenbeck. “This is particularly important in the Tenderloin and Central Market where skyrocketing property values threaten the stability of community arts organizations.”

“In taking these vital first steps, CAST, with relatively limited means, is making the effort to achieve an equitable transformation of our Mid-Market neighborhood, securing affordable housing for not for profit arts organizations and the artists they serve,” said The Luggage Store Co-Founder and Director Darryl Smith.

“I believe the arts can play a powerful role during this time of rapid change in our City,” said CounterPulse Executive and Artistic Director Jessica Robinson Love. “CounterPulse is a hub where long-time low-income residents are as valued as the tech workers new to the neighborhood, and where these communities can come into dialogue through shared cultural experiences. Participating in CAST offers us a unique opportunity to secure our future, and we will be looking to the community for the additional support we need to renovate and purchase our new building.”

Mayor Lee and Supervisor Kim also announced the availability of real estate and financing technical assistance services to nonprofit arts organizations and small businesses on Central Market, Sixth Street and the Tenderloin through City funding for NCCLF and Urban Solutions. The Central Market/Tenderloin Technical Assistance Program, along with CAST, were developed as part of the implementation of the Central Market Economic Strategy, whose objectives included the cultivation of an arts district in the area and a vibrant cluster of retail storefronts. The program is coordinated through OEWD and can assist existing nonprofit and small businesses in the neighborhood as well as act as a resource for those wishing to locate in the area. A primary goal of the program is to secure long-term leases for these businesses and organizations.

About Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST)
CAST purchases and leases space for the exclusive use of nonprofit arts organizations while also providing these groups with technical assistance to develop and expand their capacity to fundraise, manage their facilities effectively, and potentially own their building. CAST seeks additional support from foundations, individuals and investors for its capacity building efforts and expansion beyond its pilot projects. For more information, go to:

About Kenneth Rainin Foundation
The mission of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation is to enhance quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. The Foundation believes that people trying to affect change need an early champion for their ideas. Like its founder, the Foundation listens to and invests in innovative and collaborative projects that can achieve real breakthroughs and make life better for us all. For more information, go to:

About Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)
NCCLF is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that provides financial resources and real estate consulting and financial training to nonprofits that serve low-income communities throughout the 46 Northern California counties in its service area. NCCLF’s mission is to alleviate poverty and provide economic justice to low-income, low-wealth and disadvantaged communities. NCCLF is one of the lead advisors for the Mayor’s Central Market Economic Strategy on revitalizing the Central Market area and also provides financial training and real estate consulting to nonprofits and project management services for CAST. For more information, go to:

About CounterPulse
CounterPulse is building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community. The organization serves as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture by offering a high-quality season of contemporary dance, theater and performance, providing subsidized studio space and support services to independent artists and cultural innovators, and partnering with social service organizations to offer unique arts experiences to youth, seniors, and neighborhood residents. For more information, go to:

About The Luggage Store Gallery
The Luggage Store Gallery (as known as 509 Cultural Center) is an artist-run nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization founded in 1987 by a group of Tenderloin artists and residents to build community by organizing arts programming accessible to and reflect of the Bay Area’s residents. Their innovative programs are designed to broaden social and aesthetic networks, to encourage the flow of images and ideas between the diverse cultural communities that cross paths in the exceptionally dynamic downtown San Francisco neighborhood. They operate three distinct venues: the Luggage Store Gallery, the Luggage Store Annex at 509 Ellis, and the Tenderloin National Forest at 511 Ellis Street. For more information, go to:

About Hospitality House Community Art Program
Hospitality House is a community center for San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Mid-Market, and Sixth Street Corridor neighborhoods. Their Community Arts Program is the City’s only free-of-charge fine arts studio and gallery, offering more than 250 community artists the materials and space to create, exhibit, and sell their artwork. For more information, go to:


  • A video of the announcement by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim about CAST and its partners is available here.
  • You can also view Cast in the News for coverage of the announcement.



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